Wednesday 22 May 2019

Laytown man refused bail on attempted murder charge

A 35-year-old man charged with attempting to murder a woman has been refused bail by the High Court.

Robert Lawlor, with an address at The Rise, Laytown, Co Meath, is charged with attempting to murder Fiona Mitchell on May 26, 2018.

Mr Lawlor is also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life on the same date.

He is further charged with assault causing harm to another woman on a date unknown between December 2 and 5, 2014.

Additionally, he is charged with two counts of threatening to kill or cause serious harm to two individuals.

Mr Lawlor had sought bail in the High Court on Monday. However, the State objected to the application.

At Monday's bail hearing, Detective Garda Brendan Mears told John O'Kelly SC for the State that it was his belief that if the accused man was released on bail further serious offences would be committed.

The court also heard evidence from Chief Superintendent Mark Kirwan, from Ballymun Garda Station, who said that his objection was based on Section 2A of the Bail Act. The section allows a Chief Superintendent give evidence that the refusal of bail is necessary to prevent the commission of a serious offence.

Mr Justice Michael White today refused the application for bail. Mr Lawlor was remanded in custody until his trial date on November 11.

Drogheda Independent