'It was joke that went wrong,' man accused of abduction bid told gardaí, court hears
A Dublin man told gardaí "it was a joke that went wrong" after he was charged in relation to the alleged abduction attempt of a woman in her late 60s.
Martin Gallagher (20) also said he was sorry after two charges were put to him, a court heard.
The accused, of Rusheeny Avenue in Hartstown, Dublin 15, is alleged to have falsely imprisoned the injured party on Monday morning while she was out walking.
He is further accused of assault causing harm to the same woman at Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7.
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Garda Paul Kirwan gave evidence of arrest, charge and cautioning the accused yesterday morning.
He told the court that after the charges were put to Mr Gallagher at 12.45am, the accused made no reply.
However, defence solicitor Michael Kelleher said his client has claimed he did reply to the charge and that he was "anxious" this be noted by the court.
The court heard Martin Gallagher told gardaí, "I'm sorry, it was a joke that went wrong", after being charged.
There was no application made for bail and the accused was remanded in custody to appear in court again next Thursday, January 16.
Judge Bryan Smyth also granted the defendant legal aid after reviewing a statement of means.
Mr Gallagher, who was wearing a navy tracksuit and did not speak during the hearing, blew a kiss towards a supporter in the public gallery after being brought into court.
A Garda investigation was launched after officers received reports of an alleged attempted abduction at Martin Grove, Blackhorse Avenue at around 7.30am on Monday.
A witness appeal was issued and the following day a man was arrested as part of the investigation.
In a previous statement a Garda spokesman said they believed the injured party spoke briefly to an elderly lady who was walking a dog. They met close to Cumiskeys pub.
"Gardaí are anxious to speak to this person who was walking their dog, and who may be in a position to assist with the investigation," a Garda spokesperson said.
"Anyone with information should contact Blanchardstown Garda station is 01-6667008."