Wednesday 18 July 2018

Man arrested after garda pursuit charged with firearms and robbery offences

Joseph Rafferty, with an address at Russell Place, Russell Square in Tallaght
Joseph Rafferty, with an address at Russell Place, Russell Square in Tallaght

Eimear Cotter

Concerns have been expressed for the "psychiatric well-being" of a Dublin man charged with firearms offences as well as robbery and aggravated burglary.

Joseph Rafferty (37) was arrested on Monday afternoon following a garda pursuit across Tallaght, Clondalkin and other parts of southwest Dublin.

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 gardai and Mr Rafferty's family have expressed concerns about his "psychiatric well-being" and he asked the judge to recommend medical attention.

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

Judge McNamara recommended medical treatment for the accused.

She also asked Mr Hennessy to furnish a list of Mr Rafferty's medication to the prison authorities.

Mr Rafferty, with an address at Russell Place, Russell Square in 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 coupe at The Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght.

Mr Rafferty is further charged with robbing a brand new Subaru Impreza, worth €26,500, from Carroll and Roche Motors, Newlands Road, Dublin 22.

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

All the incidents allegedly took place on Monday last, October 23.

Detective Garda Nuala Burke said the accused was arrested at 5.19pm on October 25 and was later charged in her presence by Garda Fiachra Molloy.

Gda Burke said Mr Rafferty was handed a true copy of the charge sheets and he made no reply to the charges after caution.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said there was no application for bail at this time.

The accused, who was unshaven, had a cut over his eye and was wearing a grey fleece, did not address the court during the short hearing,

Judge McNamara assigned Mr Hennessy on free legal aid.

The judge remanded Mr Rafferty in custody to appear before videolink at Cloverhill court at 10am next Thursday for DPP's directions on the charges

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