Wednesday 13 December 2017

Man (32) remanded in custody after domestic dispute triggered shooting of five horses and two dogs

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Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A man was remanded in custody after being charged with a firearms offence after five horses, a foal and two dogs were shot and killed during an incident in Cork which sparked a major Garda manhunt.

Thomas 'Tom' O'Connor (32) appeared before Mallow District Court on a single firearms charge following alleged incidents last Saturday night and Sunday morning (September 9/10).

The 32 year old - with an address at Ballydwane East, Newmarket, Co Cork - appeared before Judge Brian Sheridan.

Det Garda Hugh Twomey told the court that, after he arrested, charged and cautioned Mr O'Connor at Mallow Garda Station, the defendant replied: "Will they give me help when I go to court?"

Mr O'Connor appeared in court wearing denims and a Munster rugby jacket.

He did not speak during the brief hearing except to confirm his identity.

The young man is charged with possession of a firearm, a .232 calibre Tikka bolt action rifle on September 9 at Barnacurra, Co Cork with intent to commit an indictable offence namely criminal damage to a colt foal.

The colt was born in May 2017 out of 'Take Me To The Island'.

Inspector Tony O'Sullivan told the court that there was no bail application at the current time.

His application was for a remand in custody until September 19 next.

Solicitor Charles O'Connor said his client was not making a bail application and he was eager for the young man to receive all necessary medical and psychiatric assistance he might require.

Mr O'Connor said that this might involve an element of residential psychiatric assistance for his client.

He also made an application for free legal aid.

Judge Sheridan said that, in light of the submissions, an issue might arise in terms of whether the defendant is fit to enter any plea in relation to the matter.

He remanded the defendant in custody to appear again before Mallow District Court on September 19 next.

Judge Sheridan also directed that he require all required medical and psychiatric treatment and assessments while in custody.

The court was told that some time will be required to prepare the case by the Gardaí and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

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