Read about the incident and watch the video HERE
On Monday, 25th May, in the Courts of Criminal ‘Justice’ (a building straight out of a sci-fi author’s techno-fascist nightmare dystopia), Shane was convicted of two criminal charges in relation to an incident nearly two years ago where he was assaulted, arrested and subsequently pepper-sprayed multiple times for no apparent reason by plain-clothes Gardaí policing a pro-choice counter-demonstration to Youth Defence’s ‘Rally for Life’.
From the outset, it was clear that the charges were utter fabrications (‘trumped-up’ would be too generous a description): Sections 6 & 8 of the Public Order Act; Threatening, Abusive & Intimidating Behaviour and Failure to comply with directions of a Garda. In order for a Garda to ‘lawfully’ give a Section 8 direction to leave the immediate area,the Garda must ‘reasonably’ suspect that a person has or is about to commit an offence under Section 4,5,6,7 or 9 of the same act. The POA is the most commonly-used legislative weapon in the Garda arsenal, and one of the few laws they actually understand in any depth.
Shane was repeatedly shoved by the prosecuting guard Sergeant John Brady of Store St. Garda Station and told to ‘fuck off’ when he tried to observe two plain-clothes Gardaí who were carrying out a search on someone else. After numerous attempts to rejoin the counter-demonstration he was forced to the ground by up to 8 Gardaí, and arrested, and subsequently pepper-sprayed in the face while in the Garda van being transported to the station. See the incident HERE yourself.
The prosecution case relied on 3 Garda witnesses, including Sgt. Brady himself, Detective Jonathan Brady (no relation!) and Detective Pat Keegan from Mountjoy Garda Station. The three cops couldn’t even keep their story straight between them, giving wildly differing, mutually contradictory accounts of the incident; ranging from Shane saying 1) ‘Is this going to kick off? Let’s kick it off’ and ‘Attack the Guards, Attack the pro-lifers’ 2) ‘charging’ into a crowd of which he was a part, 3) ‘stomping his feet aggressively’ and ‘manically dancing’ and ‘shouting indecipherable phrases’ around Sgt. Brady, while trying to ‘elicit others to join whatever cause he had in his head’. Several of the Gardaí were unable to give satisfactory answers and contradicted themselves under cross-examination from the defence barrister.
Supporters in court had to stifle fits of laughter at the prosecutions laughably inept and patently fabricated ‘evidence’. Who the fuck talks like that except a bogeyman character in the dull imagination of a cop?
The defence case presented two pieces of video evidence, one of which clearly showed the majority of the incident; these video clips contained no evidence of any manic dancing, incendiary statements, grunting, screaming, stomping or any other actions which could have construed as such, but instead showed Shane being repeatedly shoved and dragged around by Sgt. Brady (which Brady conveniently failed to mention in his own evidence) and then subsequently arrested.
Despite the Gardaí’s bizarre and contradictory evidence, Judge Smyth chose to disregard the actual facts of the case and found Shane guilty of both charges. Perhaps it is a coincidence that the case had run over 20 minutes into his lunch break!
Smyth fined him €300, with 6 months to pay, 5 days (in prison) on default, apparently, somehow, satisfied that the case was proven beyond all reasonable doubt.
This is hardly surprising, if a little shocking; Gardaí routinely lie under oath in court in order to fit people up and judges have no interest in probing this behaviour; how could the conveyor-belt of so-called ‘justice’ that is the District Court continue to hand out fines and prison sentences to those considered undesirable or deviant by the State if they couldn’t lie in court? The word of Garda is absolute reality, whatever the ‘facts’ may appear to untrained observers like usâ€¦
Ultimately Shane’s only ‘crime’ was to defy the arbitrary orders of a cop. Cases like this give a clear insight, through the facade of false ‘justice’, into the workings of the Irish judicial system as an instrument of social war against the people.