COVID-19 Elderly couple convicted over refusal to wear face nappies in Aldi supermarket

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This is a new low for an garda siochana and the court system.


Elderly couple convicted over refusal to wear face masks in supermarket couple convicted over refusal to wear face masks in supermarket
Solicitor for the couple, Billy Loughnane said his two clients had 'over 150 years of living peacefully and never causing trouble in all that time'
Elderly couple convicted over refusal to wear face masks in supermarket

At Killaloe District Court, Judge Mary Larkin convicted Ryan Austin, 81, and Nicky Austin, 76, both of Woodpark, Mountshannon, Co Clare, over their refusal to wear face masks at the Aldi store in Killaloe during the Covid-19 lockdown on January 26 last.
A married couple with a combined 157 years of “living peacefully and not troubling anyone” have been convicted over their refusal to wear face masks during the Covid-19 pandemic.

At Killaloe District Court, Judge Mary Larkin convicted Ryan Austin, 81, and Nicky Austin, 76, both of Woodpark, Mountshannon, Co Clare, over their refusal to wear face masks at the Aldi store in Killaloe during the Covid-19 lockdown on January 26 last.
Solicitor for the couple, Billy Loughnane said his two clients had “over 150 years of living peacefully and never causing trouble in all that time”.
The two contested the prosecution and Mr Loughnane said: "They are very private people. The non-wearing of masks by this couple was a private matter and not any form of public protest.”
Mr Loughnane said the wearing of masks causes stress to both of them.
He said their GP as a matter of policy won’t provide letters concerning non-wearing of masks.

The couple received a summons to appear in court over the non-wearing of masks after their failure to pay on-the-spot fines.
Judge Larkin imposed fines of €80 each on the couple arising from them breaching Covid-19 health regulations by not wearing face coverings while shopping at the Aldi, Killaloe, on January 26 last.
Background to the case
At around 11.40am on the day in the store, the two were approached by two local Garda detectives over their non-wearing of masks.
In evidence, Detective Garda John Jenks said that after he advised the Austins they should be wearing face masks, Nicky Austin replied: "I don’t have to wear a mask. It is not the law. Show me the law on it.”
Det Gda Jenks said he googled the laws on his phone and showed them to Mrs Austin.
Det Gda Jenks said he advised the Austins to wear masks to protect themselves and others.
He told the court the two were at a vulnerable age in the context of Covid-19.
Mrs Austin told Det Gda Jenks she had no Covid symptoms and in reply Det Gda Jenks told Mrs Austin she may be asymptomatic.
Det Gda Jenks said Ryan Austin produced a self declaration form that he didn’t have to wear a mask and Det Jenks said the two could provide no medical reasons as to why they couldn’t wear a mask.
Det Gda Jenks said other shoppers came up to himself and Detective Sergeant Ronan O’Hara during their conversation with the Austins to thank them for enforcing the Covid-19 regulations.

Mr Loughane asked Judge Larkin to set recognisance in the event of an appeal to the circuit court and Judge Larkin set recognisance.
 

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Det Gda Jenks said other shoppers came up to himself and Detective Sergeant Ronan O’Hara during their conversation with the Austins to thank them for enforcing the Covid-19 regulations.
When said state worshippers are carted off to the Gulag I will have to take care not to die laughing.
 

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Aldi seems to be one of the better shops when it comes to not harassing people for not wearing face nappies.

I think the gardai in this case took it upon themselves to target the elderly couple.

 

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Aldi seems to be one of the better shops when it comes to not harassing people for not wearing face nappies.

I think the gardai in this case took it upon themselves to target the elderly couple.
Of course they did. Bullying the elderly sure beats having to deal with criminals, never know how that will turn out. To hell with these state thugs.
 

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Of course they did. Bullying the elderly sure beats having to deal with criminals, never know how that will turn out. To hell with these state thugs.

They like the typical covid hardmen who will only go for easy targets like women who are half their size.
 

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This unfounded Covid hysteria is sorting the men from the boys and exposing our Informer class once more.
There is a 99.9% recovery rate from Covid. It is not dangerous. It may not even exist, as it has never been identified or isolated.
Any Flu that comes along is labeled Covid or a variant of.
Covid is the result of a massive, world wide Marketing campaign of a mirage virus, by Big Pharma to reap billions in profits from the sale of a Pathogenic Injection , which are experimental mRNA, gene therapy, with only emergency approval. It is not a Vaccine.
Proven to cause death in the thousands and injury in the millions with ingredients such as Graphene ,polyglycol, parasites etc,
 
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They should take this to the highest court possible.
These fines and the persecution involved is unconstitutional.
All bullshit fines and prosecutions like this were thrown out of court in the UK.
 

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That's feckin' pathetic.
I really don't believe that gardai harassing an elderly couple would attract any sort of public support at all. It's probably more a case of trying to reassure themselves they were the good guys in all this rather than puke inducing little shites.
 

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It's a small fine, and let's be honest they should just accept it and move on. Do they really have the money to mount further legal challenges?

The Garda have been placed in an impossible situation, politicians make the laws, they have to enact them.

In this instance the old man and woman were basically saying, we don't care if we infect you, we are old and can do what we want. Facemasks are to reduce you transmitting the virus, not the other way around. I do not like wearing the damn things, but it's a small price to pay if it means I don't pass the virus on to other people, no matter what the risk.
 

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Half arsed attempt from you as resident defender of state thugery. Even you are tiring of it. I expect you'll be subbed soon. You played well to be fair. Gave it your all.

State thuggery? Gardai approaching a couple and having a chat is not thuggery.

The woman claimed at first that there was no law on masks and to show her the law. She then claimed she did not have symptoms. Fairly clear that she knew it was law to wear a mask.

Funnily enough, the man also produced a self declaration letter claiming an exemption. So she didnt know thete was a law but her husband knew enough about it to print off and bring a letter?

Then they failed to pay the fine resulting in a court appearance. They are very vulnerable people clearly, both to covid and more generally and hopefully they learned their lesson.
 

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