Upcoming Events

Mayo | Crime and Justice

no events match your query!

New Events

Mayo

no events posted in last week

User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds

forward

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link THIS BLOG HAS MOVED TO A NEW LOCATION VINEYARDSAKER:

offsite link Good news out of Russia - even the "non-system" opposition refuses to blame the Kremlin VINEYARDSAKER:

offsite link Nemtsov murder: Putin warned about exactly this type of "false flag" two years ago VINEYARDSAKER:

offsite link DPR PM Zakharchenko presser 27/02/15 Economical and political future of DPR VINEYARDSAKER:

offsite link Breaking news: FALSE FLAG IN MOSCOW! VINEYARDSAKER:

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
www.humanrights.ie

offsite link PILA Seminar: The Duty of the State in Constitutional Cases? 7 July, Dublin Wed Jul 01, 2015 13:20 | GuestPost

offsite link The Greek Financial Crisis and the Rhetoric of Emergency Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:16 | Alan Greene

offsite link The Direct Provision Report: A Missed Opportunity Tue Jun 30, 2015 17:32 | Liam Thornton

offsite link The Direct Provision Report: Recommendations on Improving the Quality of Life for Protection Seekers Tue Jun 30, 2015 17:02 | Liam Thornton

offsite link The Direct Provision Report: Summary of Recommendations on Accommodation Standards Tue Jun 30, 2015 16:59 | Liam Thornton

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link A proposed new crime 22:26 Wed Jul 01, 2015 | Tomboktu

offsite link Internment 1970? 12:36 Wed Jul 01, 2015 | guestposter

offsite link 1937 Statement By Communist Party Secretariat Objecting To The Proposed Constitution 10:17 Wed Jul 01, 2015 | irishelectionliterature

offsite link The sage of Tallaght considers the latest polls? 09:25 Wed Jul 01, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link What you want to say ? 1st July 2015 03:16 Wed Jul 01, 2015 | WorldbyStorm

Cedar Lounge >>

Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link THE WRATH OF KANE: BANKING CRISES AND POLITICAL POWER 09:32 Fri Jan 30, 2015

offsite link ALWAYS THE ARTISTS: WEEK THREE OF THE BANK INQUIRY 23:11 Thu Jan 22, 2015

offsite link FIANNA FÁIL AND THE BANK INQUIRY : SOME INITIAL OBSERVATIONS 21:04 Mon Jan 12, 2015

offsite link PETER NYBERG BANK INQUIRY EVIDENCE, 17 DECEMBER 2014 18:05 Sun Dec 28, 2014

offsite link For Some Vicious Mole of Nature: Making Sense of The Irish Bank Crisis 21:07 Fri Dec 26, 2014

Dublin Opinion >>

Summary of Belmullet December Court including the visit of Shell Santa

category mayo | crime and justice | news report author Tuesday December 17, 2013 08:27author by Court Reporter Report this post to the editors

Recently appointed Judge Faughnan presided over this month's district court session at Belmullet. Two Shell to Sea related cases were finalised resulting in one campaigner avoiding conviction by receiving the benefit of the probation act and another - local Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway - being convicted and fined E200.
When the Belmullet District court session opened on Wednesday morning there were seven campaigners due to appear in court on charges arising from the ongoing imposition of, and protest against, the Shell Corrib gas project in North West Mayo.
Shell Santa also made an appearance at court bearing gives of alcohol but the Gardaí didn't seem too happy for him to visit them in such a public setting.

1.jpg

One of the defendants was only arrested in recent weeks as part a nationwide Garda investigation into protests against Shell during the summer and has been charged with trespass onto the Shell tunneling compound at Aughoose during a mass protest in June 2013.
Local farmer Gerry Bourke - who has been outspoken against the Corrib Gas Project - was arrested on the morning of court and brought there under arrest to face similar charges plus violent disorder.

Three more co-accused - who were arrested shortly after the alleged incidents - have been attending court for in the intervening months had some criminal damage charges dropped - and more trespass and violent disorder related charges added under directions of the DPP.
This means that these 5 cases are now within the jurisdiction of the district court. In each case the defence barrister asked for disclosure of evidence. The judge asked that the state submitted it to the defence before the sitting on February 12th 2014.

The first Corrib case to be finalised was also dated back to June of this year from a tripod action which blocked construction vehicles working on the Corrib Gas Project. The defendant had already entered a guilty plea at court during the summer, but sentencing was delayed until this months sitting. Judge McLoughlin - who was presiding at the time - indicated that he would grant the defendant the benefit of the probation act only after allowing a period elapse without an offence reoccurring. The defendant was granted the probation act and made a €150 donation to the local St Vincent de Paul.

The final Corrib case addressed was a hearing for Terence Conway, who had been charged with offences under Section 8 and 9 of the Public Order Act at a protest on the L1202 road at Aughoose on the 11th June 2013. Belmullet Gda Seán McHale who was the arresting officer, alleged that Mr Conway was part of a protest blocking Shell construction traffic on the L1202 outside what was then the site of the Rossport Solidarity Camp at Aughoose. Garda Shane Prendergast, Jennifer Byrne and Dara Quinn also gave evidence on behalf of the State.

Mr Conway - defending himself - mainly argued the case on two points: No 1 that Gda McHale was addressing other campaigners at the time and that he was never addressed, and number two that Gda McHale only invoked section 9 of the public order act which is only related to obstruction and had no power of arrest.

Although the Garda video evidence bore out that Section 8 order (refusing to obey the direction of a Garda when they suspect you of committing a crime) was never properly invoked, the judge sided with the prosecution and convicted Mr Conway of the Section 8 charge, fined E200 and took the Section 9 charge into consideration.
Interestingly, although Mr Conway still had 4 days left on a 3 month suspended sentence from last year, the judge chose to ignore it and so it was not activated.

The next Corrib cases will be heard on the 8th of January where 2 Campaigners are due to appear in Belmullet Court
John Monaghan is due to have his remaining cases heard on the 8th of January in Belmullet Court. Maura Harrington is also due to appear.

Santa also made an appearance at court on Wednesday. To mark the six year anniversary of the alleged shipment of alcohol which former Shell suppliers, OSSL say they delivered to Belmullet Garda Station at Christmas 2007, "Shell Santa" appeared just before the session began to offer naggins of whiskey to members of An Garda Síochána. Gardaí responded quickly informing him that he was not dressed in attire appropriate for the court and physically removed him from the room. Shell Santa, apparently a satirist at heart said of the event, "its important to reward good behaviour and I am most pleased at how the Guards have continued to deal with protest in Kilcommon parish, so I came to give them one more little tipple... but they were a bit shy this time around!"

Related Link: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/10/shell-pipe...-mayo

2.jpg

3.jpg

4_2.jpg

5.jpg

Caption: Shell's Santa visits Belmullet Court


author by Court Reporterpublication date Tue Dec 17, 2013 08:29Report this post to the editors

.

6.jpg

7.jpg

8.jpg

9.jpg

Blocking Shell trucks on the way back from court
Blocking Shell trucks on the way back from court

author by fredpublication date Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:12Report this post to the editors

Ha Ha! Templemore dew. I love it ;-)
Great creative protest. If it wasn't for shell to sea protester fines the Vincent De Paul would be even more stretched! At least the fine went to a worthy cause.

This is probably the FG party's idea of giving to charity. Harass then fine democratic protesters.

Maybe instead of imprisoning democratic protesters and tv licence defaulters at a cost to the state of several grand per week, they should save these prison places for actual known violent criminals instead of releasing them on bail to commit murders.

author by Santa's little helperpublication date Wed Dec 18, 2013 02:25Report this post to the editors

The true spirit of Christmas. Many happy returns by Santa's imaginative reindeer crew.

author by Paul Coyle - nonepublication date Fri Dec 20, 2013 20:06Report this post to the editors

Hi,
Would it be easier to highlight the truck companies and encourage a boycott of their services.

author by Workerpublication date Sat Dec 21, 2013 14:49Report this post to the editors

Those gobshite anti gas protestors really, really need to get jobs and a life!

 
© 2001-2015 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy