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loose canon Man who demanded his drugs search obstruction case be dealt with under canon law bailed

Judge told the accused church regulations were not for managing the rules of society

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4/9/2021
Alex Kenny Fagan, 26yrs of Phoenix Court, Infirmary Road, Dublin pictured leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) on Parkgate Street in Dublin after he appeared before the Dublin District Court. Pic: Paddy Cummins/IrishPhotodesk.ie

4/9/2021 Alex Kenny Fagan, 26yrs of Phoenix Court, Infirmary Road, Dublin pictured leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) on Parkgate Street in Dublin after he appeared before the Dublin District Court. Pic: Paddy Cummins/IrishPhotodesk.ie

4/9/2021 Alex Kenny Fagan, 26yrs of Phoenix Court, Infirmary Road, Dublin pictured leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) on Parkgate Street in Dublin after he appeared before the Dublin District Court. Pic: Paddy Cummins/IrishPhotodesk.ie

A 26-year-old man who demanded that his drug search obstruction case would be conducted through church law has been granted bail.

Alex Kenny Fagan, of Phoenix Court, Infirmary Road, Dublin 7 was arrested on Friday and charged with obstructing a garda under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The offence allegedly happened in the Dublin 7 part of the city’s north-side. On arrest it was discovered he had failed to attend earlier district court appearances.

This resulted in an objection to bail when he appeared at Dublin District Court on Saturday.

His barrister Kevin McCrave said it was difficult to take instructions from the accused who had an issue in relation to the jurisdiction of the court and wanted his case dealt with in canon law.

Judge Anthony Halpin told him that was for church regulations not for managing the rules of society. He noted the man was charged with offences that are dealt with at district court level and he granted bail.

Adjourning the case for three weeks, the judge ordered him to sign on three times a week at his local Garda station. Legal aid was granted after the judge noted he was on social welfare.

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