By Stephen O’Farrell
Niamh O’Connor, appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday on a charge of providing false information.
Sergeant Ronan Muldoon told the court[…]
She said the taxi driver asked her if it was all right if he dropped off another passenger, already in the front seat,
She alleged that the car stopped and another man got out of the boot. The three men then attacked her, she said.
But Ms O’Connor admitted later that day that she fabricated her statement because she had a disagreement with the taxi driver, Sgt Muldoon said.
Judge Clare Leonard asked Sgt Muldoon what the disagreement had been over, but he said that Ms O’Connor could not remember.
Sgt Muldoon said that Ms O’Connor had told gardai, following her admission, that she had torn her own dress.
Defence counsel Martin Moran told Justice Leonard that he required time to consider garda statements and obtain reports.
“I’ll be in a better position to persuade you on jurisdiction then,” he said.
Judge Leonard granted Mr Moran’s request. But she described the case as very serious and said she was not usually persuaded on jurisdiction.