Charges against one of the “Jobstown Seven” accused of the false imprisonment of former tánaiste Joan Burton and her adviser during a water charges protest in Jobstown have been dropped.
The decision followed legal argument by lawyers for Ken Purcell from Kiltalown Green in Tallaght. Mr Purcell had pleaded not guilty.
The jury was told of the decision today as the trial, which began on April 26th, resumed after a one-week break.
Prosecuting Counsel Sean Gillane told Judge Melanie Greally the Director of Public Prosecutions was not proceeding with the prosecution of Mr Purcell.
Judge Greally told the jury there had been a development in the trial following a ruling earlier today.
She discharged him from the indictment and said he was free to go.
There was clapping in court and Mr Purcell shook hands with the remaining defendants before leaving court with his wife.
The remaining six defendants have pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning Ms Burton and Karen O’Connell in Jobstown in Dublin on 15 November 2014.
The defendants are Solidarity TD, Paul Murphy, 34, from Kingswood Heights, Councillor Michael Murphy, 53, from Whitechurch Way Ballyboden, Councillor Kieran Mahon, 39, from Bolbrook, 34-year-old Scott Masterson, from Carrigmore Drive, 71-year-old Frank Donaghy from Alpine Rise and 46-year-old Michael Banks from Brookview Green.
The prosecution case has ended. The jury has been sent home as the judge hears legal argument.