Carol Coulter: Jobstown trial underlines Garda failures

The force must restore its credibility after scandals if its evidence is to be seen as reliable

Ken Purcell, Scott Masterson, Paul Murphy, Michael Murphy, Kieran Mahon, Frank Donaghy and Michael Banks leave court after they were found not guilty on charges of false imprisonment. Photograph: Collins Courts

Ken Purcell, Scott Masterson, Paul Murphy, Michael Murphy, Kieran Mahon, Frank Donaghy and Michael Banks leave court after they were found not guilty on charges of false imprisonment. Photograph: Collins Courts

There has been much speculation about the reasons for the unanimous acquittal of those tried for false imprisonment in Jobstown, but little attention given to the context in which it took place.

The jury was asked to consider evidence for and against the proposition that the six accused had falsely imprisoned former tánaiste Joan Burton and her assistant, Karen O’Connell.

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