Thursday 29 September 2016

Man charged with holding woman against her will at St Stephen's Green

Andrew Phelan

Published 24/06/2015 | 11:49

General view of area behind fence at St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of area behind fence at St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

A HOMELESS man has been charged with falsely imprisoning a woman following an alleged serious incident in St Stephen’s Green.

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Anthony Griffin (34) appeared in Dublin District Court this morning charged in connection with an incident in the park on Monday.

Judge Michael Coghlan remanded him in custody for a week after no bail application was made on his behalf.

The judge also directed a medical and psychological assessment for the accused while he is in custody.

Mr Griffin, with a given address at Lower Drumcondra Road is charged with falsely imprisoning a woman at St Stephen’s Green park on June 22.

The charge is under Section 15 the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

He had been in custody since he was arrested on Monday.

Garda Philip Gleeson of Kilmainham Station told the court he arrested the defendant at St Stephen’s Green at 2.45pm on Monday and brought him to Pearse Street Station, where he was detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

At 8.05am and 2pm yesterday, his period of detention was extended for eight hours and then another 12 hours.

At 12.45am this morning, Garda Gleeson was present when Mr Griffin was charged. He made no reply after caution and was handed a copy of the charge sheet, Garda Gleeson said.

Defence Solicitor Peter Connolly said he was making no bail application on Mr Griffin’s behalf at this time, but said he understood that gardai would be objecting to bail.

He applied for free legal aid, saying the accused was homeless.

Judge Coghlan granted this and adjourned the case to July 1, when the accused will appear in Cloverhill District Court.

He also directed medical and psychological assessment for the accused while he is in custody.

The defendant, wearing a navy long-sleeved top with a “Premium Quality” logo, light grey tracksuit bottoms and grey runners, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

According to gardai the incident allegedly happened at around 3.30pm near the main entrance to the Green at the top of Grafton Street.

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment afterwards.

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