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At a hearing in Dublin District Court today, Judge McMahon dismissed the case against two animal rights activists arrested outside Barnardo’s fur shop on Lower Grafton Street in Dublin on 22 May this year.
Robert Sevik was charged under section 24 of the Public Order Act (refusing to give his name and address), and Edmond Long was charged under section 19 of the same act (obstruction of a peace officer).
The case was first adjourned to another court to permit viewing of video evidence, but the defendants promptly brought a motion for dismissal, arguing that Garda Tallon had broken District Court rules by delivering video evidence to them in person. Order 10 states: "A member of the Garda Síochána shall not serve a document in any proceedings in which such member is the person instituting the proceedings."