Monday 27 March 2017

Accused in teen attack was on bail for another offence

Elaine Keogh

A 21-YEAR-OLD man charged with assaulting a schoolboy in Drogheda, Co Louth, on Wednesday was on bail for another offence when the incident happened.

The man was remanded in custody when he appeared in court yesterday in relation to the incident, in which a 16-year-old schoolboy was assaulted.

Jamie Gallagher, of Cerney, Sheephouse, Drogheda, but who is also of no fixed abode, faces two charges.

The first alleges that on January 9 at Laurence's Street, Drogheda, he assaulted the teenager, causing him harm.

The second charge alleges that while committing the alleged assault, he produced a large silver knife.

Detective Garda Ronan McMorrow gave evidence of arresting Mr Gallagher on the Chord Road, Drogheda on Wednesday. When he was charged with the alleged offences, Mr Gallagher made no reply, Drogheda District Court was told.

Gardai objected to bail being granted on a number of grounds, and for part of the bail application by the accused, the press was asked to leave the court. When the media returned, the court heard that among the reasons for objecting to bail was that it is alleged a knife was used in an unprovoked attack. The court heard the accused was on bail in relation to another alleged incident at the time and he has a drug and alcohol problem.

Judge Flann Brenan remanded him in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Thursday. After the judge's decision, the accused shouted to him: "Would you give a man a chance? A bit of bail?"

Irish Independent

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