Tuesday 21 November 2017

Afghan who 'hates Irish people' can't take up bail

Yusef Hashemi (36), who has been living in Ireland since 2004, appeared before Limerick District Court yesterday, where his solicitor said his client had achieved High Court bail but was unable to meet the terms. (Stock picture)
Yusef Hashemi (36), who has been living in Ireland since 2004, appeared before Limerick District Court yesterday, where his solicitor said his client had achieved High Court bail but was unable to meet the terms. (Stock picture)

Kathryn Hayes

An Afghan national who is alleged to have fractured the cheekbone of a garda at an immigration office where he was seeking deportation has been unable to take up his bail, a court has heard.

Yusef Hashemi (36), who has been living in Ireland since 2004, appeared before Limerick District Court yesterday, where his solicitor said his client had achieved High Court bail but was unable to meet the terms.

Mr Hashemi is charged with assaulting Garda Peter O'Grady on April 25, 2016, at the immigration office at Estuary House, Henry Street, Limerick.

It is alleged that Mr Hashemi told gardaí he hates speaking English, hates Irish people, white people and women and that he wanted to return to Afghanistan because his home in Ireland was burgled four times.

It is also alleged that Mr Hashemi called to the immigration office in a very aggressive state and a female member of staff "hit the electronic panic button because she was so much in fear", before the Afghan national left.

A number of days later, it is further alleged, Mr Hashemi returned to the office and was again aggressive, and, when asked to leave, he lashed out and hit Garda O'Grady a number of times in the face.

Asked why he was at the immigration office, Sgt Tony Miniter told the court that Mr Hashemi "wanted the State to pay for him to go home".

The court heard yesterday that the accused had achieved High Court bail but was "unable to take it up". He was remanded in custody to appear again on May 31.

Irish Independent

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