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(en) Organise, Ireland -ANTI-WAR ACTIVISTS TRIAL CONCLUDES

From Al S <klasbatalemo@yahoo.ie>
Date Mon, 17 May 2004 18:18:53 +0200 (CEST)


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The trial of Garrett Richardson took place yesterday
Thursday 25th and concluded on Friday 26th March.
Garrett was one of the two people arrested during the
'Siege of Hillsborough' antiwar day of action for Bush
and Blair's visit to N. Ireland on 7th April last year.
The case heard evidence from the 12 peelers involved
and the reading of the statements from the prosecution
in regards to the charges of 'disorderly behaviour'
and 'resisting arrest'. At the outcome of the case the
judge conceded that Mr Richardson had not been
'disorderly' and it was the judges view that the
police were mistaken in their portrayal of the charges
and that there had been collusion between the police
while making their statements.

Due to this he was found 'not guilty' to the charge of
'disorderly behaviour' but due to a legal technicality
he found Mr Richardson 'guilty' of 'resisting arrest'.
The technicality was 'obstructing a police officer in
the execution of his duty' which was the result or Mr
Richardson trying to back off from the police to
defuse the situation.

There will be a Community Service Order as a result of
the charge of 'resisting arrest' which will be decided
on Friday 30th April at Lisburn Magistrates Court.

In regards to the charge of 'disorderly behaviour', Mr
Richardson has been granted leave to take a civil
action against the police which will probably go to
hearing in several months time, which may lead to
disciplinary action against the 12 officers involved
and a small amount of compensation.

If you were the middle-aged woman (or know this
person) with the white hair and colourful patchwork
coat who attended the Hillsborough Day of Action and
approached the police during the confrontation, please
contact me Garrett Richardson at:
gunvor2303@yahoo.co.uk

in regards to making a statement in the civil action
against the police.

Garrett

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>From the pages of Working Class Resistance, bulletin
of Organise!, now available online at:

http://www.organiseireland.org

To distribute WCR! in your area, contact Organise! at:

organiseireland@yahoo.ie


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