Saturday 21 July 2018

Bail refused for man facing trial after stolen Jaguar car ploughed into van

High Court Dublin
High Court Dublin

Tom Tuite

THE High Court has refused to grant bail to a man awaiting trial in connection with a cross-border incident which ended when a stolen Jaguar sports car ploughed into a van in Co. Louth.

Michael Gerard Doherty, (25), with an address at Deakin Road, Stoke-On-Trent, in England, is charged with unlawful use of a stolen Jaguar XF worth stg£30,000  (€32,600) which was allegedly taken during a burglary in Warrenpoint, Co. Down in Northern Ireland on May 22 last.

He also faces three counts of dangerous driving in Co. Louth, in the republic, on the same date.

He had been remanded in custody pending his trial at Dundalk Circuit Court which is not expected to get under-way until mid-2018. A book of evidence has been served on him.

However, he brought an application to the High Court for bail which was opposed by the State.

Garda Leonard Clarke told Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy it was alleged gardai were alerted by a tracking company that a Jaguar XF sports-car had been stolen and tracked to Dundalk, in Co. Louth on the same date.

It was alleged it failed to stop for gardai and continued driving in a dangerous manner on the wrong side of the road. The sports-car was travelling so fast gardai could not keep up, the court heard.

At the Dublin Road in Dundalk it was alleged it collided with a Citroen Berlingo worth €5,000 which had been coming onto the road and its driver was hospitalised.

Both vehicles were written off, the court was told.

Garda Clarke said the driver and a passenger got out of the Jaguar and were arrested. Mr Doherty gave an address at a halting site in Co. Clare but there was no evidence he lived there, Gda Clarke said. He said the accused has used aliases and different dates of birth.

It was discovered that he had an address in Stoke-On-Trent in the UK, there was no record of him being in Ireland before and he had no passport, the garda told the court.

Pleading for bail, Mr Doherty told Michael Hourigan BL, for the State, that the various names were the result of misspellings. He also said he had family in Ireland and spent lengthy periods living here when he was younger.

He said he has no intention of leaving Ireland and still has has a sister living in Ennis.

He also said that he has health problems, epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder, and had been attacked in custody as a result of which he has been placed in a protection unit at Cloverhill Prison.

The defence contended he had strong links to Ireland through family members living here and could reside at one of their addresses.

However, Ms Justice Murphy said she had no evidence the applicant had ties to this jurisdiction and she refused to release him on bail.

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