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Barnardo Furriers court case fails again. Part 1

Posted in General news by ALib on the April 2nd, 2010

3 Court Cases, 3 Vindications. Part 1

Robert Å evcik, an animal rights activist, has previously attended and still does attend the weekly ALiberation supported demonstration to inform the public about animal rights and speciesism (discrimination against animals), to end the fur trade and to end Barnardo Furriers exploitation of animals. It is a fundamental right to protest and this is recognized by the Irish Constitution and European Convention of Human Rights.

On the 15th of November 2008 Robert walked about the area of this event without taking part. He did so with a camera. A camera that recorded a lot more that day than some may have liked.

On that day Robert was pulled to the ground by 3 Gardai, handcuffed, arrested and hauled down to Pearse St Garda station. Sergeant Eamon Lynch, badge no. B8, claims that Robert failed to identify himself under 2 different laws. Two separate laws to do essentially the same thing.

This was not the first time this has happened to Robert at this demonstration (see links attached at bottom of article). When the hearing that followed from this arrest appeared in court, the charges were dismissed, just like all of the other times.
The court case that followed this arrest involved 7 days in court over 15 months before it was concluded on the 3rd of February 2010. It has been noted by many how an arrest, court dates and general harassment is used as a way to discourage activists from campaigning.


These things never exist in a vacuum and will spread out beyond the day of the demonstration into the life of the activists. Jobs are affected, tensions arise in relationships and good names are smeared. This is a stressful thing to happen to anyone.

When Robert was arrested once more, his rights were again systematically stripped from him. Not only was his freedom taken from him; not only was his dignity stolen in a public spectacle for all to see as Gardai kneed him into the pavement, but Sgt. Lynch also deprived Robert of access to a 600 metre diametre area of Dublin City Centre for nearly 6 months.

The Sgt. did this by using bail conditions. Sgt Lynch ambushed Robert by having this bail condition imposed without first giving notice of a motion to change bail conditions which Robert was entitled to have. This happened in full view of the DPP who was meant to be handling the prosecution of this case on the 5th appearance in court, 9 months after the arrest.

Within this year long plus ordeal through the courts, a previous case which Robert later won, was sucked up from the gutter to add to the burden of Robert’s defence. This second case, where the Garda claiming the arrest was Garda David Walsh, had managed to resurface some five months later on the 3rd appearance in court with this now latest case by Sgt Lynch. Garda Walsh’s case too had all charges dismissed and was another case that was full of holes and contradictions from the prosecutions witnesses. This other case also involved a charge of Robert not identifying himself, a witness from Barnardo Furriers and Inspector McMenamin. (see link below for Robert’s Second Case)

On the 15th of November 2008, the day of this arrest, the alleged reason that the arresting Sgt. gave for approaching Robert was that he was allegedly investigating a complaint from Miss Marie Corbett, employee of Barnardo Furriers, 108 Grafton St, Dublin 2. This is a complaint that the Sgt. didn’t deem necessary to record in his notepad and one that Robert states that the Sgt. never mentioned prior to his arrest.

The content of the complaint was a serious allegation but was also a fictional concoction of Marie Corbett’s imagination. She swore an oath to God on the Holy Bible that it was the truth. Both Robert’s video and a video taken by an An Garda Siochana Inspector swore differently, but more importantly proved this beyond any doubt. These video recordings showed exactly what Robert did that day and interacting with Marie Corbett was not one of those things.

Marie Corbett did not tell the truth and this was glaringly obvious. Marie Corbett was the first witness. Halfway through the second witness’s testimony, that of Sgt. Lynch, and before seeing Robert’s video evidence, the judge turned to Robert and told him that he regarded Robert innocent of Marie Corbett’s allegation.

The prosecution has had video and audio evidence collected by Robert of this day (and some of it recorded by Robert) for nearly a year. This was a situation whereby the person accused is expected to help convict themself. Despite this clear evidence that Robert did nothing to Marie Corbett that day (he didn’t even speak to her), Sgt. Lynch still decided to have a bail condition imposed on Robert not allowing him within a 600 metre diametre of Barnardo Furriers shop. If Sgt. Lynch was genuinely investigating the alleged complaint then looking at the video evidence would have shown how obvious it was that there was no offence. It would also be imagined that this could have saved Marie Corbett from lying so forcefully on the stand.

It will be interesting to see how the DPP or the Sgt. will follow up on Marie Corbett’s sworn statement and sworn testimony, both of which were the work of fiction. It is a crime to make a false complaint and/or a false statement to the Gardai and/or to give a false testimony in court.

Why has no complaint to the Gardai ever resulted in anything but failed court cases in respect of the activists? Complaints which Barnardo Furriers say they make often.

A forthnight after Robert walked free from this latest set of charges the Limerick Leader newspaper reported that the Gardai had investigated, charged and convicted a woman in Limerick for making a false statement whereby this woman alleged she was threatened. The comparison to both cases is as obvious as the falseness of Marie Corbett’s various statements. Read Part 2: A Camera that Saw too much..

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