Saturday 16 December 2017

Man shouts at judge after being charged over stabbing of schoolboy (16)

Jamie Gallagher
Jamie Gallagher

Elaine Keogh

A 21-YEAR-OLD has been remanded in custody after facing court this morning over an incident in which a 16-year-old schoolboy was assaulted in Drogheda, Co Louth, earlier this week.

Jamie Gallagher, of Cerney, Sheephouse, Drogheda, but who is also of no fixed abode, faces two charges.

The first one alleges that last Wednesday January 9 at Laurence’s Street, Drogheda he assaulted the teenager causing him harm.

The second charge alleges that while committing the alleged assault he produced a large silver knife.

After the judge’s decision, the accused shouted to him: “Would you give a man a chance? A bit of bail?”

Detective Garda Ronan McMorrow gave evidence of arresting the accused on the Chord Road, Drogheda on Wednesday afternoon.

When he was charged with the alleged offences, Mr Gallagher made no reply, Drogheda District Court was told.

Gardai objected to bail being granted on a number of grounds. Among the reasons for the objections was the grave seriousness of the alleged offences, the strength of the evidence, and it is alleged a knife was used in a totally unprovoked attack.

They also objected saying certain admissions had been made and the incident had been captured entirely on the Garda CCTV system.

The court heard the accused was on bail in relation to another alleged incident at the time and he has a drug and alcohol problem.

Judge Flann Brenan remanded him in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Thursday at 10:30am.

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