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