Sunday 15 December 2019

'Wanted' man on RTE's 'Crimecall' arrested at garda checkpoint, court hears

Grainne Seoige and Philip Boucher Hayes present Crimecall
Grainne Seoige and Philip Boucher Hayes present Crimecall

Sonya McLean

A MAN who appeared on RTE's Crimecall as a wanted man has been remanded in custody after he was arrested by gardaí at a check-point on Tuesday.

Richard Mansfield (21) was due before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last July for arraignment but didn't turn up. Judge Martin Nolan issued a warrant for his arrest which was executed today.

Mr Mansfield of Kiltalown Way, Tallaght, Dublin faces charges from the District Court of taking a vehicle and endangerment in Foxrock on January 7, 2015. He had been on High Court bail.

Garda Stephen Murray told Sinéad McMullan BL, prosecuting that Mr Mansfield was arrested in Tallaght on Tuesday at a routine check-point. He said there were strong objections to releasing him on bail.

He said Mr Mansfield had appeared on Crimecall as a man who gardaí were looking to arrest.

Gda Murray agreed with Ms McMullan that Mr Mansfield had been bailed to live at his mother's address in Kiltalown Way but gardaí had trouble tracking him down. Officers were aware that he has since travelled back and forth to the UK.

He said Mr Mansfield's family and friends knew that he was a wanted man but they did nothing to assist gardaí in finding him. “Quite the opposite”, Gda Murray added.

Gda Murray said a satisfactory address or a guarantor would not allay his fear that Mr Mansfield was not going to appear for his next court date. He added that his previous convictions included 11 for failing to appear at court.

He agreed with Keith Spencer BL, defending, that Mr Mansfield claimed that his life was under threat which was his reason for absconding but added that there was no information to support this claim.

Gda Murray agreed with Ms McMullan in re-examination that Mr Mansfield never made a formal complaint to gardaí about the threat on his life.

Judge Melanie Greally refused bail and remanded Mr Mansfield in custody until Monday when it is expected he will indicate a plea to the charges.

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