Friday 24 November 2017

Serious charges to be brought in garda crash case

Greg Harkin

A MAN who appeared in court charged in connection with crashing a vehicle into a garda patrol car after a 30km chase will face more serious charges, a court has heard.

Cathal Dunleavy (23), from Meentagh, Glenvar, Kerrykeel, Co Donegal, was arrested in a car that crashed close to his home in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Mr Dunleavy, who appeared in Letterkenny District Court dressed in a tracksuit top, was remanded in custody.

"Mr Dunleavy poses a serious threat to himself, to members of An Garda Siochana and the general public," Inspector Kevin Gately told the court.

The accused man faced 16 charges relating to the incident including theft of a car, and 15 charges of speeding.

The car Mr Dunleavy was driving was written off, the court heard.

Applying for bail on his client's behalf, Mr Dunleavy's solicitor Donagh Cleary told judge Paul Kelly that the accused man was willing to adhere to whatever conditions were imposed for bail.

He said he believed his client was entitled to bail and any future charges could not be taken into account at the hearing.

But Inspector Gately insisted: "I cannot impress upon the court enough our serious objection to bail.

"Further charges will be brought and based on the sentence that may be imposed, it is our view he will receive a long sentence and he may not turn up at the trial."

Dunleavy, whose arms bore long gashes, did not speak during the case.

Judge Paul Kelly rejected the bail application and remanded him in custody to appear in court again next Monday.

Irish Independent

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