Man was not in court be­cause he couldn’t find tem­po­rary court­house

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

A Dubliner who was not in Ark­low Dis­trict Court when his case was called later ex­plained to the judge that he was un­able to find the tem­po­rary court­house.

Trevor Mooney, (47) 109 But­ter­cup Park, Darn­dale, Co Dublin, was fac­ing a charge of bur­glary at Cen­tra, Fer­ry­bank, Ark­low, on Au­gust 15, 2018, as well as two charges of bur­glary and one of in­tent to bur­glarise at the Wood­en­bridge Ho­tel, Wood­en­bridge, on Au­gust 15, 2018.

How­ever, he was not present in court on Septem­ber 18 when the case was called for hear­ing.

Judge David Kennedy apol­o­gised to wit­nesses who had travelled for the hear­ing and then is­sued a bench war­rant for Mr Mooney’s ar­rest.

Shortly af­ter court had ad­journed for the day, Mr Mooney was pro­duced by gar­daí.

The de­fen­dant apol­o­gised to the court and said that he had been in Ark­low since 11.30 a.m., but had been un­able to find the court’s tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion at the Ark­low Rocks GAA club­house.

Judge David Kennedy said the wit­nesses had now left. Solic­i­tor David Tar­rant said Mr Mooney may have got­ten con­fused about the lo­ca­tion of court. Judge Kennedy re­manded Mr Mooney on con­tin­u­ing bail for a new hear­ing date to be set. He said the rea­son the de­fen­dant was not in cus­tody was that he had been ‘on the way to court.’

The case was ad­journed to Oc­to­ber 9.

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