Sunday 15 September 2019

Concern for well-being of hijacking accused

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Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

The family of a man charged with hijacking and firearms offences following a Garda pursuit has expressed concerns about his "psychiatric well-being".

Joseph Rafferty (37) is also facing robbery and aggravated burglary charges.

He was arrested on Monday afternoon following a series of incidents in west Dublin that sparked an eight-hour Garda manhunt.

It is alleged that Mr Rafferty was armed with a sub-machine gun and seven rounds of ammunition at the time.

The accused did not make an application for bail.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy told Tallaght District Court that gardaí and Mr Rafferty's family had expressed concerns about his "psychiatric well-being". He asked the judge to recommend medical attention for the accused.

Judge Patricia ­McNamara ­remanded Mr Rafferty in ­custody to appear before ­Cloverhill District Court on November 2 before videolink.

Judge McNamara recommended medical treatment for the accused.

Mr Rafferty, of Russell Place, Russell Square, Tallaght, is charged with three counts of possession of a sub-machine gun and seven rounds of 9mm ammunition.

He is also charged with ­hijacking a black Mercedes sports coupé at The Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght.

He is further charged with stealing a new Subaru Impreza, worth €26,500, from Carroll and Roche Motors, Newlands Road, Dublin.

He is also facing a charge of aggravated burglary at a house at Watergate estate, Tallaght.

Gda Burke said the ­Director of Public Prosecutions' ­directions remain outstanding on the charges.

Irish Independent

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