14th October 2021, 17:23
A man has been found not guilty of two counts of occasioning actual bodily harm at the Supreme Court. The defendant had been charged with assaulting an off-duty police officer and his friend in a bar on the 19th of January last year.
During his summing up of both the defence and prosecution’s version of events, Puisne Judge, Liam Yeats, reminded the jury that the defendant had stated the off-duty police officer had threatened to stab him several times during the course of the evening and that he had acted in self-defence.
However, the off-duty officer had previously stated that when asked to leave the table the defendant was sitting at, he had said, ‘it’s not like I’m going to stab anyone’ - adding the remark was a sarcastic comment and not a threat.
The jury took just 40 minutes to return a unanimous verdict of not guilty.