A LOCAL election candidate, who appeared in court on Friday charged with recklessly discharging a firearm in 2001, is claiming his arrest was 'politically motivated.'
James Carey (pictured outside Drogheda Garda Station) is due in Drogheda District Court on polling day June 5th.
Carey is alleged to have shot the wife of a Garda in the backside with a pellet gun and to have shot at another young man and then driven off, in an incident in Gormanston in 2001.
Carey now 26, says the allegation relates to a 'childish teenage prank,' when he was 17.
'Why the gardaí have waited eight and a half years to bring forward this case?,' asked Mr Carey.