Man Who Threw Firework At Gardaí Is Bailed With Several Conditions

Criminal Courts Of Justice

A 30-year-old man has appeared in court accused of throwing a firework as well as two glass bottles during last weekend’s contentious anti-lockdown protest in Dublin.

It’s alleged he threw items at gardai when violence erupted.

Jake Merriman of Meadowlands Avenue in Dun Laoghaire went before Dublin District Court this morning.

Detective Sergeant Patrick Traynor told the court the accused was present at a protest on Grafton Street on Saturday when violence erupted.

He said it’s alleged the accused discharged an ‘8 shot cannon firework’ at gardai, while he also threw two glass bottles at gardai in separate incidents.

Judge Brian O’Shea refused jurisdiction saying the case was too serious to be dealt with at the district court.

He granted the accused free legal aid after being told he had a ‘power washing business’ but is currently on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

Jake Merriman was granted bail with a number of conditions – including that he stay away from Grafton Street and he keeps the peace.

He’s due back in court next month.