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Woman accused of publishing photos of teenage killers brings High Court challenge

Edel Doherty, who was accused of publishing pictures of two teenage killers, has brought a High Court challenge over the District Court’s decision on rejecting jurisdiction in the matter, stating that it’s flawed and should be set aside.

She is one of the 10 people who are also facing charges in regards to publishing the photos of the two teenagers who were convicted of murdering another teenager.

Under the 2001 Children’s Act, she can be penalised with a 12-month prison sentence and/or a €1,000 fine if prosecuted before the District Court.

If prosecuted before the Circuit Court, she could face three years in prison and/or a €10,000 fine. Back in October before Dublin District Court, the judge accepted jurisdiction, directed the DPP to disclose evidence with Ms Doherty’s solicitor and adjourned the matter until January.

According to Ms Doherty, the second hearing was done by a different judge who reheard the facts and decided that they were not minor and unfit for summary trial.

She described this as unfair as she assumed the matter would proceed before the District Court. The actions will all be mentioned before the court later this month.

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