Naas man found guilty of assault and of child abduction

Refused to get out of prison van to hear jury verdict

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Naas man found guilty of assault and abducting a child

The case was heard at Naas Circuit Court yesterday.

A Naas man was found guilty yesterday, Thursday, April 12, at Naas Circuit Court of a charge of assault, of abduction of a child and of being drunk in charge of a child.

Paddy Lynch, 38, with an address listed as 1 Our Lady’s Place was also charged - but found not guilty - of a charge of assault near Sallins.

All of the charges related to November 7, 2016 except for the charge of drunk in charge of a child which was the following day.

He was also found not guilty of an assault near Sallins on the same day, and this morning, Friday, a jury of 12 was unable to reach a majority of 10 on the question of whether he was guilty of a charge of obstruction of a police officer.

The assault charge that he was found guilty of was on Margaret Doran at Mooretown Drive, Rathcoffey.

The matter was adjourned by Judge Seán Ó Donobháin to next Tuesday’s sitting of the Circuit Court for sentencing.

Mr Lynch was represented by Junior Counsel Willie Hughes, instructed by David Powderly.  He did not appear before the court this morning to hear the jury’s verdict on the obstruction charge. Counsel informed the court that he was refusing the get out of the prison transport van.