21 August 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

“Public safety concern” was cited by the Gardaí at Friday’s vacation sittings of Monaghan District Court when objecting to bail being granted to a Co Louth man who was brought before the court in connection with an assault on a bus passenger in Monaghan Town earlier this month.

Twenty-two-year old Gary O’Donoghue, from Harpur House, William Street, Drogheda was also arrested during the sittings of the court after an incident in which he is alleged to have assaulted solicitor Lynda Smyth in the Monaghan Courthouse building while Friday’s vacation sittings were taking place, and behaved in a manner contrary to public order.

The charges arising from this incident, and those relating to the bus depot assault, were adjourned by Judge William Hamill to tomorrow, Friday’s Monaghan Court sittings. Remanding Mr O’Donoghue in custody, Judge Hamill requested that a psychiatric report on him be obtained, and that he receive medical treatment while in custody.

Concerns about the defendant’s well-being, prompted by aspects of his behaviour while in court, were expressed by his barrister Mr Thomas Freeman, who appeared on the instructions of Mr Stephen O’Mahony, solicitor.

The charges that brought Mr O’Donoghue before the court alleged that, at the Bus Station, North Road, ….


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