Stephen Kershaw made the above statement in August 2000 when he was an adult of 24 years. He made this statement in the comfort of his parents living room having had a week’s notice from the Gardai.
The garda who took the statement at the time wrote:
“His response to me was to make a short statement in which he stated he had no complaint to make about his Uncle Mr. Brian Doolan. He said nothing ever happened to him”.
Stephen Kershaw is now saying that the contents of his statement are false.
The making of a false statement is a criminal offence contrary to section 12 of the Criminal Law Act 1976 which says:
12.—Any person who—
(a) knowingly makes a false report or statement tending to show that an offence has been committed, whether by himself or another person, or tending to give rise to apprehension for the safety of persons or property, or
(b) knowingly makes a false report or statement tending to show that he has information material to any inquiries by the Garda Síochána and thereby causes the time of the Garda Síochána to be wastefully employed,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable—
(i) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding £500 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, or to both, or
(ii) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years.
(*taken from www.irishstatutebook.ie)
Was Stephen Kershaw prosecuted for making this deliberately false statement? If not, why not? (is there another Garda scandal lurking??)
Did Stephen Kershaw tell the media about his making of this deliberately false statement? The first principle of good journalism is to ascertain the credibility and reliability of an informant. Confirmation is eagerly awaited from either Stephen Kershaw or the journalists on this point.
Those who deal with Stephen Kershaw in business, or otherwise, are now aware that he has, at least on one occasion, made a deliberate false statement to the Gardai. Whether Stephen Kershaw manipulated the media can only be answered when confirmation is forthcoming from either Stephen Kershaw or the media as to whether Stephen Kershaw told them, or did not tell them, of the making by him of this deliberate false statement to the Gardai in August 2000.
Await further documents!
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