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Teen charged over 'Wright Twitter abuse' 18-year-old accused of harassing former England footballer online.


A TEENAGER is facing two charges following the alleged harassment of former Arsenal and England footballer Ian Wright.

Patrick O'Brien, 18, of Sycamore Court, Ashleigh Downs, Tralee, Co Kerry appeared in court yesterday.

The charges relate to incidents which are alleged to have occurred in May of this year when the ex-footballer alleges he received abusive messages on his Twitter account.

In Tralee District Court yesterday, Garda Sergeant Eoin O'Donovan told Judge David Waters he arrested O'Brien on Ashe Street, Tralee.

The accused made no reply upon being charged.

O'Brien appeared in court accompanied by his mother. It is claimed the teenager on May 11, at a place unknown in the district court area of Tralee, harassed Ian Wright, contrary to Section 10.1 and 6 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997.

O'Brien is also facing a second charge on the same date and at the same location, that of sending by telephone a message that was grossly offensive, obscene and menacing.

This was contrary to Section 13.1 (a) and Section 13.2 of the Post Office Act 1951, amended by Section 4 of the Communications Act 2007.

The DPP directed that the case can be dealt with summarily, meaning without trial before judge and jury, if there is a guilty plea.

Solicitor Pat Mann, who represented the teenager, sought disclosure on the matter.

HEARING Tralee District Court Judge David Waters heard there is no objection to bail from gardai.

He remanded O'Brien on continuing bail and ordered him to reappear on November 18 when jurisdiction will be decided.

On this date, Judge David Waters will hear details of the alleged harassment, before deciding whether to deal with it at district court level or forward the case to the circuit court.


HEARING Tralee District Court

COURT CASE Patrick O'Brien and, inset, Ian Wright

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 24, 2020
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