Man charged with theft at Knockanure
Accused due before Tralee District Court
A MAN charged with trespass, criminal damage and theft at a public house in Knockanure last
week was remanded in custody at Listowel District Court on Thursday to appear before Tralee
District Court today (Wednesday).
Martin Ward, with an address at Bohatch, Mountshannon, Co Clare, appeared before Judge David Waters at Listowel District Court on Thursday charged with two counts of trespass at Gortdromagownagh, Moyvane, on Thursday’s date (October 4) - on the property of Niamh McEvoy and on the property of Veronica Cotter.
He was also charged with trespass at Flynn’s Bar, Knockanure, on October 4 as well as with criminal damage to the premises and the theft there of several
bottles of spirits, €30 in coins and of cigarette machine tokens.
Detective Garda Paul Walsh told Judge Waters that he arrested the accused at 9.40am on Thursday last, charged him with the charges as set out on the charge sheets before the Court and that Mr Ward had made no reply when cautioned.
Solicitor Pat Enright told the Court he had no questions arising from Gda Walsh’s evidence of arrest, charge and caution.
In deciding whether to accept
jurisdiction in the case, Judge Waters asked Sgt Kieran O’Connell as to the time of the alleged incident, if anyone was living on the premises and if there were any other aggravating factors.
Sgt O’Connell said it was being alleged the incident occurred at 3.36am; that there was no-one living there and there were no other aggravating factors. Judge Waters accepted jurisdiction.
Sgt O’Connell indicated the State would object to bail in the case.
However, Mr Enright said he would not be making an application for bail. Judge Waters noted this, suggesting an application could be made on a later date, remanding Mr Ward in custody to appear before Tralee District Court today (Wednesday, October 10).
Gda Walsh also informed the Court that a fourth charge might yet be brought against the accused.
Mr Enright successfully applied for legal aid for the defence.