TD in court today facing charges of falsely imprisoning Tanaiste

Anti- Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy is one of several people due in court this afternoon on charges connected to the Jobstown demonstration last year during which Tánaiste Joan Burton was allegedly trapped in her car for over two hours. The Labour leader and her adviser Karen O’Connell were leaving a local graduation ceremony on 15 November 2014 when it is claimed their vehicle was blocked by protesters. The suspects, who are charged with criminal offences including false imprisonment, are scheduled to appear at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin at 1pm. They expect to receive their books of evidence today and have their cases transferred to from the District Court to the Circuit Court, where a conviction for false imprisonment has a maximum sentence of life in prison. Murphy was one of 32 men and women served with court summons last month in connection with three separate protests in Dublin.

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