Thursday 29 September 2016

High Court directs inquiry into the legality of the detention of man charged over the recovery of an ATM last week

Tim Healy

Published 09/11/2015 | 17:38

The inquiry was opened by Mr Justice Richard Humphreys.
The inquiry was opened by Mr Justice Richard Humphreys.

THE High Court has directed an inquiry into the legality of the detention of a man charged over the recovery of an ATM at Drumass, Iniskeen, Co Monaghan, last week.

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The inquiry has been sought by Adam Grant (24), from Saint Brigid's Terrace, Silverbridge, Co Armagh.

Mr Grant was remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison at a sitting of Monaghan District Court on Saturday.

He is charged with causing £12,000 worth of criminal damage to an ATM containing £52,000. He was also charged with possession of stolen property.

An application for bail was refused by District Justice Denis Mc Loughlin.   He was remanded in custody to appear before District Court later this week.

Today, Mr Grant's lawyers sought an inquiry under Article 40 of the Constitution claiming his continued detention at Cloverhill Prison is unlawful.

It was argued District Judge McLoughlin did not apply the correct criteria, as set down by the Supreme Court, before deciding to refuse to allow his release on bail.

The inquiry was opened by Mr Justice Richard Humphreys.

Mr Grant was in court.

Following discussions between Mr Grant's lawyers and the State lawyers, the inquiry was adjourned on consent to Wednesday.

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