Monday 20 November 2017

Man charged with car-jacking Good Samaritan who stopped to help

Cork Courthouse
Cork Courthouse
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A YOUNG man was charged with the car-jacking of a Good Samaritan who had stopped to check was he alright in icy road conditions.

Vincent Morey (23) appeared before Cork District Court on a charge that he threatened a female motorist with a screwdriver before taking her car.

Morey, who is originally from Gurranabraher in Cork city but has been living over recent times in Bweeng, Co Cork, appeared before Judge Con O’Leary at Cork District Court.

Garda Mick Dolan gave evidence of arrest, caution and charge.

Inspector Mary King said the accused was arrested in the north Cork area last Wednesday and taken to Gurranabraher Garda Station for questioning.

The court heard that Morey faces a total of six charges arising from various alleged incidents on January 12 and 13.

Morey is charged with using the threat of force to unlawfully seize a car in Grenagh village.

He is also charged with using a weapon, a screwdriver, to intimidate the motorist involved, a woman in her 40s.

Morey also faces four charges of theft ranging from items including car keys, a handbag and electrical devices.

These relate to a number of cars which had been parked in the Grenagh and Bweeng areas over January 12 and 13.

Judge O’Leary was told that Morey is unemployed.

Free legal aid was granted and Diarmuid Kelleher was appointed as his solicitor.

Mr Kelleher said there would be no bail application at the current time and Morley was remanded in custody.

He will appear again before Cork District Court on January 21 via video-link.

The car-jacking charge arises from an alleged incident where a female motorist stopped on a roadway outside Grenagh at 7am on Wednesday morning after being concerned for a young man standing by the roadside.

She had feared he had encountered car problems with roads around Cork extremely treacherous at the time due to black ice.

However, she was threatened, forced from her Opel Insignia car and the vehicle was then taken.

It was later found crashed and abandoned on the Grenagh-Bweeng road.

The woman was uninjured in the incident though she was left deeply shaken.

She was on her way to work when the incident occurred but her employer has instructed her to take a week off to recover from her ordeal.

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