KOD Lyons Clients Cleared of Violent Disorder Charges

    Two Shell Protestors were cleared of wrongdoing in a recent trial before Castlebar Circuit Court.

    The two defendants are active members of the campaign against the Shell pipeline in Co. Mayo, and instructed KOD Lyons Solicitors to defend their case. The defence team was led by Brendan Nix SC and Conor Dignam SC, who appeared along with Leanora Frawley BL and Brian Storan BL.

    On 23rd June 2013, a protest occurred at the Shell Compound in Lenaghmore, Co. Mayo. Following the protest, our clients were charged with violent disorder and criminal damage, and were awaiting trial for almost two years.

    A considerable amount of evidence was heard over the course of the nine-day trial, including evidence from prosecution witnesses who conceded they would be wary of living next to the Shell pipeline. Two directors of OSSL, an oil services company, gave evidence on behalf of the defendants that they had been instructed by Shell to supply local Gardaí with alcohol during the construction of the pipeline. The defendants themselves gave evidence of their respective motivations for involvement in the protests, and the impact which the Shell pipeline has had on them and their families.

    KOD Lyons Solicitors secured a nolle prosequi in respect of the Criminal Damage charges. The jury was left to consider the charge of Violent Disorder, and returned a unanimous verdict of Not Guilty in under two hours.

    For more coverage of this case see here and here.

    Fiona McNulty works in our criminal law department.

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