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29 Jan 2022

Judge questions Offaly man's stated earnings as application lodged for free legal aid

Judge  questions Offaly man's stated earnings as application lodged for free legal aid

Judge questions Offaly man's stated earnings as application lodged for free legal aid

JUDGE Catherine Staines last week questioned an Offaly labourer's claim that he was earning €350 a week.

Suzanne Dooner, BL, counsel for Jason Martin McCourtney, 4 Fr Mullen Drive, Daingean, said the accused was earning that amount when she lodged an application for free legal aid.

Judge Staines deferred a decision on legal aid for production of a statement of means, saying she could not believe that Mr McCourtney was earning that amount because it was less than the minimum wage.

Mr McCourtney is accused of having a knife with a sharply pointed blade at Main Street, Daingean on April 18 last, contrary to Section 9 of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act 1990.

The charge was adjourned to the sitting of Tullamore District Court on June 9 next for directions from the DPP.

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