Sunday 25 August 2019

Man charged in relation to Monaghan ATM recovery is legally detained, State has argued

The Four Courts in Dublin
The Four Courts in Dublin

Tm Healy

A man charged in relation to the recovery of an ATM at Drumass, Iniskeen, Co Monaghan, last week is legally detained, the State has argued in the High Court.

The State is opposing efforts to secure the release of Adam Grant,  Saint Brigid's Terrace, Silverbridge, Co Armagh.

He was remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison at a sitting of Monaghan District Court last Saturday.

He has brought a challenge into the legality of his detention under Article 40 of the Constitution.

Mr Grant is charged with causing st£12,000 worth of criminal damage to an ATM containing st£52,000 which had been stolen in Northern Ireland.  He was also charged with possession of stolen property.

An application last Saturday for bail was refused by District Justice Denis McLoughlin and the accused was remanded in custody.

At the High Court earlier this week, Mr Grant's lawyers argued that District Judge McLoughlin did not apply the correct criteria, as set down by the Supreme Court, before deciding to refuse to allow his client be released on bail.

When the inquiry into his detention resumed today,  Kieran Kelly Bl, for the State, said Mr Grant's detention is lawful.

Counsel said it was "clear to all" at the District Court hearing that bail was opposed on the grounds Mr Grant was considered a flight risk.

Counsel said Judge McLoughlin "did not fall into error" when deciding to refuse bail.

Mr Justice Humphreys, who said the case had raised some weighty legal issues, adjourned the case until Friday.

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