Wex­ford’s first video link court ap­pear­ance

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

A MAN with a County Meath ad­dress made a lit­tle bit of his­tory as he be­came the first per­son to ap­pear in Wex­ford Dis­trict Court by video link.

An im­age of Bernard Joyce (44) of Beau­parc, Na­van, was put up on screens above Judge Ger­ard Haughton.

He was ac­cused of hav­ing €1 mil­lion in cash, be­lieved to be the pro­ceeds of crime, at Arnestown in Foulksmills last month.

The money, in 20 bun­dles of €50,000 each, was seized by gardaí and Joyce was then re­manded to Clover­hill Prison af­ter a brief court ap­pear­ance in Wex­ford on Septem­ber 24.

The link from Clover­hill on Oc­to­ber 1 showed the de­fen­dant sit­ting at a ta­ble in the prison and fac­ing the cam­era.

He con­firmed that the con­nec­tion was two-way, so that he could see those present in the court­room, in­clud­ing his bar­ris­ter Sean Quigley.

He told Judge Haughton that he wanted to have Dublin-based Michael Staines as his solic­i­tor.

Mr Quigley, who was re­tained by Mr Staines, said he wished to con­firm with the de­fen­dant whether or not he was look­ing for bail.

His client stated that was not seek­ing bail at this time. The court was told that it would be four weeks be­fore DPP in­struc­tions would be avail­able.

Joyce was re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear, this time at Clover­hill Court, on Oc­to­ber 18 and then the screens went blank.

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