GARDA CHASE ENDS WITH CRASH

Af­ter dra­matic end to high-speed pur­suit, gar­daí dis­cover €3,000 of drugs

Enniscorthy Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - By PÁDRAIG BYRNE

DRUGS with an street value of around €3,000 were seized from a ve­hi­cle in Bun­clody on Satur­day morn­ing af­ter a high-speed chase which cul­mi­nated in the flee­ing car hit­ting a van near the Ap­ple­green Sta­tion at Ry­land Street. The in­ci­dent took place at around 9 a.m. on Satur­day morn­ing.

Gar­daí had no­ticed a car be­ing driven dan­ger­ously and ac­ti­vated the squad car’s lights to pull the driver over. The man, how­ever, in­stead took off at speed.

A MAN ac­cused of rob­bing a vis­i­tor to En­nis­cor­thy at knife­point, forc­ing him to with­draw €300 in cash from a Rafter Street bank ma­chine, has once again been re­fused bail at the District Court.

Dean Kenny (23) of 16 Mill­brook, Ross Road, was charged with pos­ses­sion of a knife and rob­bery at Rafter Street on April 9 last. He was also charged with crim­i­nal dam­age and bur­glary at 1 Riverview Court on April 3 last.

The court heard that Kenny was on bail at the time that the rob­bery took place and that, de­spite hav­ing pre­vi­ously been re­fused bail in the District Court, he had sub­se­quently been granted High Court bail. This bail was later re­voked, how­ever, af­ter Kenny breached bail con­di­tions no fewer than seven oc­ca­sions.

Garda Cole­man of En­nis­cor­thy Garda Sta­tion said that he was op­pos­ing this lat­est bail ap­pli­ca­tion due to Kenny’s his­tory of breach­ing bail con­di­tions, con­cerns that he may re­of­fend and given the se­ri­ous­ness of the charges. Garda Cole­man pointed out that the rob­bery charge could carry a sen­tence of up to five years on con­vic­tion.

Kenny’s so­lic­i­tor pointed out that DPP Di­rec­tions had only been given last week and his client stood to spend a long time in cus­tody while a book of ev­i­dence was pre­pared should the bail ap­pli­ca­tion not be ap­proved.

‘He was granted bail in the High Court,’ said Judge Gerard Haughton. ‘ That was breached and the bail was re­voked. I can’t go be­hind that. The High Court felt that it was se­ri­ous enough to for­feit the €3,000 that had been lodged by the de­fen­dant’s mother to se­cure bail. I have no hes­i­ta­tion in re­fus­ing bail. I’m not sat­is­fied that he will re­frain from fur­ther of­fences or will com­ply with the bail con­di­tions im­posed.’

Kenny was re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear again be­fore the court on Novem­ber 1.

Ul­ster Bank on Rafter Street and its ATM.

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