Youth who breached bail is remanded in custody
‘PAID NO ATTENTION’ TO CURFEW IMPOSED BY COURT
A YOUTH accused of a string of burglary, criminal damage and other offences wondered ' what curfew' when brought before Judge Murrough Connellan last week in Arklow.
Darren Doyle ( 20), 2 Woodbine Close, New Ross, appeared in Bray District Court on Thursday after an appearance in Arklow Court the previous day for breaching bail conditions. Doyle is accused of burglary on October 30 at Coolgreaney Road, Arklow; threatening and abusive behaviour on Wexford Road, Arklow on November 10; criminal damage at Arklow Service Station on October 27; and burglary at Thai and Hong Kong Gardens, Castlepark, Arklow, on October 27. He also faces charges of arson and burglary at Vale Road, Arklow, on October 28; theft at Coolgreaney Road on October 1; criminal damage at Brauders Shop, Coolgreaney Road on October 20; and failing to appear at Arklow District Court on January 20.
He went on to break conditions of bail by failing to sign on in Arklow, where he used to reside, and breaching his curfew.
Doyle's solicitor Tom Honan said in Arklow last Wednesday that his client did not realise he could not sign on daily at New Ross Garda Station in place of Arklow. He added that the client was unaware of what a curfew was.
'He paid no attention to it,' said Judge Murrough Connellan. ' The court ordered the defendant to sign on in Arklow. It is not a case of what suits Mr. Doyle. He is in breach of bail here.'
'I am not allowing anyone to presume incorrectly' added Judge Connellan before refusing bail and remanding the matter to Bray District Court.
' You need to be very clear that the curfew is tied to wherever you are.' The following day, Judge Connellan was no more inclined to release the defendant.
'He seems to feel the order of the Court is something he can decide on and change at his whim,' said the Judge, before remanding the accused in custody to appear in Arklow District Court on March 9.