What The Papers Say
Irish Independent Friday Jan 15 1999
Internet slur charge man fit for trial
By TOMAS MAC RUAIRI
A JURY at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has found a man accused of spreading
defamatory messages on the internet fit to stand trial.
Anthony Luckwill (25), Monastery Walk, Clondalkin, was found fit for trial after
30 minutes deliberation by the jury on the second day of the hearing on that
Judge Frank O'Donnell remanded Luckwill for trial on the criminal libel issue on
January 29. The jury had heard evidence from consultant psychiatrist Dr Art
O'Connor that, in his view, he was fit to stand trial and was aware that the
whole world would come to know of his defamatory remarks, when he published
extensive letters on the internet.
The jury also heard clinical psychologist Dr Ivor Shortts say Luckwill is of
The jury also heard another psychiatrist, Dr Colm McGonagle, say Luckwill
suffered from a rare condition called Asberger's [sic] Syndrome which meant he
was unable to act appropriately in social situations and was unfit to stand
trial. Dr McGonagle said Luckwill has an obsession with Land Rovers and brought
up the subject on the most inappropriate situations.
From the Irish Independent Friday Jan 15 1999