Irshadgul News report,
The father of Garda-killer Aaron Brady has been thrown out of the Special Criminal Court after he published a “painful and offensive” video online in which he accused a guard of perjury and contempt of court.
Tony Brady has attended most of the trial of James Flynn and Brendan Traynor, who are accused of conspiring with Mr Brady’s son to commit burglaries in 2012 and 2013. He is also accused of participating in the robbery of the Lordship Credit Union, during which Aaron Brady was murdered. Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe shot in the head.
Before the trial resumed on Tuesday, Brendan Grehan SC for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) raised concerns about a video published online by Tony Brady, in which Mr Brady accused a guard of perjury and contempt of court. when the guard gave evidence at the trial last week.
Mr Grehan said Tony Brady had abused his right to attend court and was using information obtained in court to abuse persons who gave evidence. He said Mr Brady’s online comments were “prejudicial to the administration of justice”.
After showing the court a clip from the video, Mr. Grehan asked Mr. Brady to be ejected for the remainder of the trial.
When Mr. Justice Tony Hunt asked Tony Brady for reasons why he should not be excluded, Mr. Brady apologized for being late to court.
“You were neither late nor early,” replied Mr Justice Hunt. “You are not at all obliged to be here.”
Mr. Brady said he was expressing an opinion and believes the observations he made in the video are accurate. Mr Justice Hunt told him that he was not entitled to comment on anyone accusing him of perjury and contempt of court. The judge said, “It is not your decision.”
Mr. Brady apologized and said he was not aware that he had no right to give an opinion.
Lawyers for Mr Flynn and Mr Traynor said they had no objection to the prosecution’s application to exclude Mr Brady.
Ruling to exclude Mr Brady, Mr Justice Hunt said he wished to emphasize that there was no bar to people holding opinions and that in the ordinary course of things the court would not prevent people from attending the trial and forming opinions. Can stop
However, the judge added: “But there are limits to how publicly a private opinion can be expressed.” He said that people coming to the court “deserve a severe whipping, whether they are guards or anyone else.”
He said Mr Brady is entitled to have an opinion, but is not entitled to use his capacity to appear in court to “publish the opinion published here”, which the judge said, “far beyond” what the Garda witness actually said. Proof.
Mr Justice Hunt said Mr Brady had abused his right to be present at the trial with the publication of “malicious and offensive” material, which the judge said bore no relation to what happened in court.
Mr Justice Hunt noted that the material published by Mr Brady was unrelated to the parties before the court and was irrelevant to what the court should decide in the suit.
He said he is not pursuing a contempt of court case against Tony Brady. The court, he said, is directing itself to “preserve the integrity of the participants in the process” by ruling Mr. Brady out of court for the remainder of the trial.
The trial has been going on for over 50 days and is expected to conclude this week.
Lorcan Staines SC for the DPP continues the closing speech for the prosecution on Tuesday.
Brendan Traynor (34), formerly of Emer Terrace, Castletown Road, Dundalk, Co Louth, and James Flynn (32), from South Armagh, are charged with a €7,000 robbery at Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Co Louth in January. 25, 2013.
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Both men are also alleged that between September 11, 2012 and January 23, 2013, they conspired with convicted Garda-killer Aaron Brady and others to enter a residential complex with the intent to steal car keys.
Prosecutors allege that Mr. Trainor and Mr. Flynn were part of a group of youths who conspired to break into homes to steal car keys and then quietly drive away with the cars.
He has pleaded not guilty to each charge.
Aaron Brady (31), previously of New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, is serving a minimum life sentence of 40 years after being found guilty of the murder of Det GDA Adrian Donohoe and robbery in the Lordship. He denied any involvement in the robbery and is awaiting an appeal against his conviction.