Jobstown protest teen appeals guilty verdict

Joan Burton picture: Tom Burke

Joan Burton picture: Tom Burke

 A Dublin youth found guilty of the false imprisonment of Joan Burton during the Jobstown protest has commenced proceedings to have the verdict overturned.

The 17-year-old boy denied falsely imprisoning the former Tánaiste and her advisor Karen O'Connell in two garda cars for three hours during the demonstration at the Fortunestown Road in Jobstown in Tallaght, on November 15, 2014.

He was found guilty last month following his trial at the Dublin Children's Court but was spared a custodial sentence. On October 21, Judge John King imposed a conditional discharge providing the youth does not re-offend in the next nine months.

The boy came back to the Children's Court yesterday. His solicitor David Thompson told Judge Timothy Lucey that he was lodging a "notice of application to state a case" and he handed the necessary paperwork into court.

This means the defence will bring an appeal to the High Court and contend that the teenager was erroneously convicted on a point of law.

The teen's conviction will be stayed pending the outcome of his High Court bid to clear his name.

Source: Irish Independent, Nov 3, 2016