Longford couple face trial accused of giving false information to Gsoc probe

A Longford couple is facing trial accused of giving false information to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).

Sharon and Edward Stokes, The Cottage, Ferskill, Coolarthy, Co. Longford appeared before Judge Bryan Smyth at Dublin District Court this week.

The couple are accused of knowingly providing false or misleading information to GSOC, on February 5 2019 which allegedly happened at the watchdog’s offices at 150 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1.

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The offence is contrary to Section 110 of the Garda Siochana Act 2005 and the case will be dealt with at district court level.

It follows an investigation by GSOC which later applied for court summonses to served on the husband and wife.

They face a single charge each.

Counsel for the pair applied for an order for full disclosure including CCTV evidence and State solicitor Michael Durkan said it was available.

Legal aid was granted after statements of their means were handed into court. Judge Smyth noted unemployed Mr Stokes was not in receipt of social welfare and queried, “How is he getting by?” and Mr Stokes said he was finding it difficult to get work.

Counsel said Mrs Stokes was in receipt of a domiciliary carer’s allowance in relation to a family member.

Judge Smyth ordered them to appear again in six weeks to indicate a plea.]