Two cases thrown out in Tralee District Court due to confusion over names

Two cases have been thrown out in Tralee District Court due to confusion over names.

Twice during this week’s sitting, a number of charges had been brought against men with the same forename and surname.

The first source of confusion related to two summonses, which were served to a father and son of the same name.

A charge sheet, which outlines the alleged offence and the accused’s details, was produced for each of the men.

However, one charge sheet did not contain a date of birth, meaning it was unclear as to which man was facing which charge.

In the second instance, Judge David Waters told the court the summons had been served on the wrong person; he said a father had received a summons instead of the intended individual, the recipient’s son.

Judge Waters had no choice but to strike both charges out.