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There was tight security at the courthouse throughout the case, with the Garda Armed Response Unit on patrol. (Stock picture)

There was tight security at the courthouse throughout the case, with the Garda Armed Response Unit on patrol. (Stock picture)

There was tight security at the courthouse throughout the case, with the Garda Armed Response Unit on patrol. (Stock picture)

Three men have been charged with false imprisonment and assault causing harm in relation to an incident at a house in the Moneymore estate in Drogheda.

Josh Boylan, Dean Thornton and John James McGahon appeared before Judge John Coughlan at Drogheda District Court yesterday.

There was tight security at the courthouse throughout the case, with the garda Armed Response Unit on patrol.

The three men had been detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against The State Act after being arrested on Thursday morning.

Silent

First before the judge was Mr Boylan (23), with an address in the Moneymore estate in Drogheda. Garda Evan Connolly gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution, telling the judge that Mr Boylan made no reply when the two charges were put to him.

He was remanded in custody at Cloverhill Prison in Dublin, to appear in court again next Tuesday. There was no application for bail.

Garda Karl Mannion gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution of Mr Thornton (21), also with an address at the Moneymore estate.

He said that Mr Thornton "remained silent" when charged.

Mr Thornton was also remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison to appear in court next Tuesday. Again, there was no application for bail.

Garda Gerry Nixon then gave evidence in relation to Mr McGahon (18), of Hawthorn Close, Laurence's Park, Drogheda. He said Mr McGahon made no reply when cautioned.

No application was made for bail and Mr McGahon was remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison to appear again on Tuesday.

All three accused were told that if they wished to apply for bail they had to give 48 hours' notice to gardai.

None of the accused spoke during the hearing, and they sat in a holding area for custody cases, chatting to each other prior to their cases being called.

A fourth man who was arrested on Thursday in the same garda operation was still being detained at Dundalk Garda Station yesterday evening. He can be held up to 72 hours.

Thursday's arrests happened as six searches which were conducted at various locations in Drogheda, including the Moneymore housing estate, by the Garda Armed Support Unit, the Emergency Response Unit, local gardai and the Criminal Assets Bureau.


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