THE company responsible for supplying video equipment to Portlaoise courthouse for the recent Circuit Court have refuted Judge Tony Hunt’s claim that a technical “cock up” on their part delayed an assault trial for almost half a day.
The managing director of Mongey Communications in Naas has revealed that the problem actually lay with the DVDs provided by the State, which were not correctly formatted.
In last week’s Leinster Express we reported that DVDs containing CCTV footage central to the State’s case could not be read by the audio-video system present in court. The equipment being used to play the discs was provided by Mongey Communications as Portlaoise Courthouse is not fitted out with its own system.
Judge Hunt said that the “cock up” would delay the jury trial by nearly half a day and would cost the taxpayer thousands of Euros, although he laid the blame at the feet of Mongey Communications.
“I read all the time about wastes of money in the public sector, but this doesn’t say much for the private sector,” the judge said. “This is not a public sector cock up, for once it lies elsewhere.” He added that he could not understand how such a thing had happened.
“You wouldn’t leave Harvey Norman’s with a toaster without a plug on it,” he observed.
Mr David Mongey, managing director of Mongey Communications, has since contacted the Leinster Express to explain that Judge Hunt was not aware of all the facts when he made his remarks in court.
“We were booked to supply four screens and a DVD player: we supplied it, tested it and it worked,” he said. “It’s standard procedure that someone comes in and tests it the day before or on the morning. We tested it with our own DVD, but then the gardaí bring in their own.”
Mr Mongey said that the DVDs supplied by the gardaí were not correctly formatted, which meant an engineer from the company had to travel down from Naas on the day of court to reformat the discs.
“If you have discs from a security system like CCTV, it’s important to test it,” he said, adding that his company abides by the rule of the five Ps: “Perfect planning prevents pathetic performance.”
“We’re a big company with 30 people employed and we work with Croke Park and Lansdowne Road. We’re so experienced in this business, we like to prepare for everything,” Mr Mongey said.