Tuesday 20 February 2018

Man on crutches denied bail for alleged trespass

Jason Haughey arriving at Letterkenny District Court yesterday
Jason Haughey arriving at Letterkenny District Court yesterday

Greg Harkin

A 22-YEAR-OLD man injured during an alleged trespassing incident has appeared in court on crutches.

Jason Haughey, from Rosemount, Kilmacrennan, Co Donegal, was remanded in custody at Letterkenny District Court yesterday.

The accused man's right leg was in plaster and he had extensive bruising to his face.

Mr Haughey was charged with two separate incidents of trespassing at Castle Street, Letterkenny, on January 23 and also at Glencar Road, Letterkenny, on February 4.

Inspector Kevin Gately objected to Mr Haughey being released on bail.

"He was already on bail after being charged with assault causing harm on December 10 last and he is in breach of the conditions of that bail to be of good behaviour," said Insp Gately.

Mr Haughey's solicitor Patsy Gallagher argued that his client had not been proven in court to have breached his bail conditions.

"Nothing has been said to deny Mr Haughey bail. In the eyes of the law, Mr Haughey has not breached any of his bail conditions as under our Constitution one is innocent until proven guilty and Mr Haughey has not been found guilty of any offence," he said.

Judge Paul Kelly asked Mr Gallagher how his client had been injured.

"The injuries came about as a result of an assault on my client during one of these incidents," said Mr Gallagher.

The solicitor said his client needed to see a consultant at Letterkenny General Hospital for further treatment.

Insp Gately confirmed that Mr Haughey had been taken to hospital on a number of occasions since his arrest in the early hours of Monday.

Judge Kelly said he was satisfied by the evidence that Mr Haughey was in breach of his bail conditions and he remanded him in custody until today.

Irish Independent

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