False imprisonment accused refused bail over fears he'll flee
A MAN accused of falsely imprisoning and assaulting another before stealing cash from his bank account has been refused bail after gardai warned he was likely to commit similar crimes.
Jack Thame (20), of Clooncagh, Strokestown, Co Roscommon, faces charges of false imprisonment and assault on John Granaghan in Strokestown last Tuesday. He is also charged with stealing property from Mr Granaghan and seizing his vehicle.
Det Insp Pat Finlay said gardai opposed bail, adding: "I believe the accused, if he gets bail, will not turn up for trial. I believe he may commit further offences."
He told the court Mr Thame was originally from England and his father continued to reside there.
"The accused is from outside the jurisdiction, and I believe he will flee the jurisdiction," he said.
Mr Thame, who had been living in Roscommon for 16 years, gave evidence that he would not attempt to abscond. "I came of my own free will when they came looking for me," he said.
Mr Thame, who is unemployed, added that he had no passport and no strong links to the UK.
Judge Kevin Kilrane denied bail, saying: "The charge of false imprisonment carries a sentence of possible life imprisonment.
"In this case we have heard allegations of false imprisonment of a particularly nasty kind."
The accused was remanded in Castlerea to appear before Harristown court on July 5 for the directions of the DPP.
A second man, 18-year-old Jonathan Fitzpatrick, appeared at Castlerea District Court on three charges relating to the incident.
The court heard that when the charges were put to him he made no reply.
Garda David McDonnell said gardai did not object to bail in his case.
He was released on his own bond of €300 to appear at Strokestown District Court on July 24.