You Sir Have Convicted Me on the Basis of Hearsay Evidence, Suspicion, Innuendo & Opinion; GARDA RAPS MORRIS TRIBUNAL JUDGE -SHAMED SUPERINTENDENT KEVIN LENNON
Byline: VICTORIA WARD
A DISGRACED garda who set up hoax explosive finds told the Morris Tribunal yesterday that he did not accept the findings of its first report.
Superintendent Kevin Lennon claimed he had not been treated fairly and applied for legal aid.
Addressing Justice Frederick Morris as the tribunal resumed after its first devastating report, he said: "You Sir, have convicted me on the basis of hearsay evidence, suspicion, innuendo and opinion."
The damning report found that both Lennon and Det Garda Noel McMahon had orchestrated arms finds in a bid to further their careers and had lied to the tribunal.
"I do not accept these findings," Lennon said. "In effect you found me guilty of all the allegations made against me."
He said that in his case the rules of the law had been changed and he should have been provided legal representation at the cost of the state.
"Fair and balanced procedures were not applied in my case," he said. "The results were a forgone conclusion given that I had to defend myself without legal aid or legal representation, and with limited resources."
Lennon claimed the DPP had considered the same evidence and concluded it was not strong enough to proceed with prosecutions. He also demanded to know how Justice Minister Micheal McDowell had been in a position to state there was "worse to come" and suggested the tribunal's findings were a forgone conclusion. …