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Man pleads not guilty to flying a drone near Dublin Airport

A man has pleaded not guilty to piloting a drone that disrupted Dublin airport and will face a judge and jury, reports RTE.

Eric Briles, 50, of Holywell Dale, Swords, Dublin, was arrested in February and charged under the Air Navigation and Transport Act.

It is alleged that on January 24, at Knoll Road, Cloughran, Co. Dublin, he unlawfully and willfully interfered with the operation of an air navigation facility by operating a drone within 300 meters of a critical area of Dublin Airport where such activity may interfere. with aircraft safety.

He was released on bail on February 10 with the condition that he not use a drone.

He stopped filing the motion to give his lawyers more time to review the Air Exclusion Zone Act and release evidence.

Today Mr Briles will appear before Dublin District Court for the last time.

Detective Garda Enda Ledwith, who described the case as a “complex case”, said the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had agreed to “summary disposal on a guilty plea” at the District Court level, reports RTE.

Defence lawyer Alexander Rafter said the defence had previously argued that the DPP’s recommendation was invalid.

But Mr Rafter added, “We are no longer pursuing that”, reports RTE.

Before issuing a court order, the DPP must prepare a book of evidence.

Judge Michelle Finan ordered Briles to appear on bail again on October 27.

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