Friday 22 September 2017

I'm bruised but not broken, says man accused of airport rampage

Edmond Stapleton outside court yesterday
Edmond Stapleton outside court yesterday

Michael Carr

THE man accused of stealing two emergency vehicles during last weekend's airport rampage was remanded in custody yesterday.

Edmond Stapleton (37), of no fixed abode, appeared at Cork District Court yesterday charged with unlawfully taking a garda traffic corps vehicle and hijacking a fire tender on Sunday.

Dressed in a T-shirt and tracksuit bottoms, Mr Stapleton had a large laceration on the side of his face while the fingers of his right hand were bandaged.

"I'm bruised but I'm not broken," he shouted as he was escorted into court by gardai.

He was charged with taking the garda traffic corps Toyota Landcruiser at Patrick Street last Sunday without the consent of the owner, An Garda Siochana.

He was also charged with hijacking a Cork Airport Fire Service Toyota Landcruiser on the same day after threatening airport police officers John McCarthy and Michael Delaney with a knife.

Garda John McSweeney said the defendant was taken to Togher garda station where he was charged, and replied: "I understand exactly what you are saying."

Defending solicitor Frank Buttimer said his client was not seeking bail and was consenting to be remanded in custody.

Mr Buttimer said his client had "certain medical difficulties" and asked that "all necessary medical treatment be made available".

Unemployed

Mr Buttimer also applied for free legal aid, saying his client was unemployed and had no assets, no income and no property.

Mr Stapleton confirmed this and complained during the hearing that he could not hear what was being said.

Judge David Riordain remanded Mr Stapleton in custody to appear before Cork District Court again on May 30 next.

He asked that specialist treatment be made available to the accused by the prison authorities.

Irish Independent

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