Mum told police son's whereabouts unknown as he crawled out of window
Published: 16 Oct 2012 15:57
Mary Maguire, of Cleenish Park, Enniskillen, denied obstructing police but was convicted of the offence.
Giving her an absolute discharge, District Judge Mervyn Bates said: "Obviously I'm not encouraging people to give false information to the police."
Fermanagh Court heard that police called at Maguire's home at 1.20am on June 4. She answered the door and they asked her was her son in the house. She told them she didn't know where he was, that he had received death threats and had been staying in Cavan for the previous two weeks. She then slammed the door shut and the officers heard the name "Martin" being called inside the house. Police knocked on the door again and went into the house. One of them, who was standing at the back of the property, saw an upstairs window opening and a man crawling out and jumping on to a roof, from where he made good his escape.
The prosecutor explained that the police had the legal power to enter the house on the first occasion but "were being courteous, giving her a chance to answer" and "that could have been a matter of good grace". They exercised those powers on the second occasion they knocked on the door.
"If they had gone into the house earlier they might have caught him before he got out through the window," said the prosecutor.
He submitted that Maguire had obstructed the police by giving false answers and not allowing the police into the house.
The District Judge said it was a factual issue whether or not Maguire knew her son was in the house.
He pointed out that there was no obligation on Maguire to say anything at all in answer to the police but a negative and false answer could amount to obstructing the police.
"Did she know her son was there," he asked.
Maguire declined to give evidence.
The District Judge said he was taking her refusal to give evidence into account and on that basis convicted her of obstructing the police.
Get more stories from our Roundup section
24 Apr 2014 15:00 • Editorial Department
Kilkenny-man Andrew Phelan has been appointed as General Manager of the Lough Erne Resort.
24 Apr 2014 15:00 • Meadhbh Monahan
FIVEMILETOWN Co-operative Society shareholders have been offered £10,000 each from Glanbia, a shareholder has claimed.
24 Apr 2014 14:00 • Lily Dane
The Quinton family has been dealt another tragic blow with the news this week of the unexpected death of Christopher Quinton whose passing is being met with shock and sadness in the community.
24 Apr 2014 14:00 • Rodney Edwards
SINN Fein’s Phil Flanagan has discussed Jim Allister’s call for a ban on GAA jerseys from universities in Northern Ireland with the Employment and Learning Minister, Dr. Stephen Farry.
24 Apr 2014 13:00 • Rodney Edwards
The call no mother wants - read Ruby Brown's moving interview following the death of her son Richard in a motorbike accident
24 Apr 2014 13:00 • Julie Kenwell
PARENTS of Collegiate Grammar School are to make an 11th hour appeal to members of the Western Education Library Board (WELB) not to sign off on a development proposal which would see it merge with Portora Royal next year.
24 Apr 2014 10:15
BOGWOOD sculptures over 3,000 years old have been installed at the South West Acute Hospital (SWAH) garden.
24 Apr 2014 10:00 • Editorial Department
Way of the Cross: Congregations walk together on Good Friday.
24 Apr 2014 09:30 • Editorial Department
The phone call no mother wants as Ruby Brown tells of the moment she learned of the death of son Richard in a motorbike accident. Read her in-depth and moving interview.
23 Apr 2014 21:30
Enniskillen Town Utd came from a goal down to book their place in the final of the Impartial Reporter Mulhern Cup with a 2-1 win over Kesh at Ferney Park tonight.
23 Apr 2014 15:35
A car was stolen during a so-called “creeper burglary” at Raceview Court near the Cornagrade Road in Enniskillen.
23 Apr 2014 13:15
LOCAL people are invited to meet at Castle Archdale at 5am on Saturday, May 3, to listen to the birds welcome the new day in fine voice.
23 Apr 2014 11:30
A radio DJ will bring her fundraising marathon challenge to Fermanagh this June in aid of Cancer Research UK.
23 Apr 2014 09:30
Arsonists are being blamed for starting around 15 gorse fires in the Garrison and Belcoo area since the beginning of April.
22 Apr 2014 17:00
Ballinamallard United slipped into the bottom two in the Danske Bank Premiership on goal difference following today's 2-2 draw with Dungannon Swifts at Ferney Park.
22 Apr 2014 15:00 • Editorial Department
The rites of passage of growing up vary from person to person but throughout my own life events such as turning 13, my first formal, my GCSE and A level results, my 18th birthday (and my first and to date only hangover that followed), getting into university and moving away from home are just a few which I imagine are pretty common landmarks among my generation.
22 Apr 2014 15:00
A car was broken into at Navar Forest near Derrygonnelly last night (Monday).
22 Apr 2014 13:00 • Rodney Edwards
FARMERS in Fermanagh are being encouraged by the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) in Enniskillen to take part in the Farm Watch Scheme, an initiative endorsed by Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill.
22 Apr 2014 12:00
A house in Lisnaskea has been attacked.
22 Apr 2014 11:00 • Rodney Edwards
A NUMBER of people in Fermanagh have been fined £75 for “dropping a cigarette butt or a sweet paper” on the street, according to UUP MLA Tom Elliott.