A man accused of causing serious harm, has been returned for trial at the next sitting of Dundalk Circuit Court, after the Defence failed to stop an amendment being made to the charges.
Garda Inspector Paul Kiernan applied to make the changes, after Judge Flann Brennan questioned the legality of using the man’s initials – rather than his full name.
P.J. Flynn (59) of Moneymore, Grove Road, Carlingford is charged with causing serious harm at John Long’s Grange, Carlingford on the sixth of August last year. The Defence solicitor reminded the court last Wednesday that the last time the case was listed Judge Flann Brennan had expressed concern that his client’s initials were used, rather than his full Christian name.
Insp. Kiernan applied for an amendment from P.J. to Patrick Joseph in accordance with the birth certificate, however, the solicitor said the Defence would reserve its position. He said it was a most unusual situation as the court itself had raised the issue and he argued there was no evidence in court other than a birth certificate in the name of a Patrick Joseph Flynn.
Judge Brennan said he noted the position but said he was satisfied he could make a return for trial. He sent the accused forward to Dundalk Circuit Court on the 14th of January on his own bond of a €1,000. The judge added that a Credit Union document produced by the Defence in relation to a statement of means for a legal aid application, referred to Patrick Joseph Flynn of the same address, to which the solicitor replied “It’s called shooting oneself in the foot judge”.