GIRL (10) WAS IN VEHICLE WHEN IT WAS STOLEN IN CLONES, SPECIAL COURT SITTING HEARS

5 August 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Gardai investigating an incident in which a people carrier in which a ten-year-old child had been sitting as a passenger was unlawfully taken from the town centre of Clones last Saturday evening brought a 34-year-old man before a special sitting of the District Court in Cavan Town on Sunday.

A charge against Patrick Graham junior, of Creeney Cottages, Belturbet, Co Cavan alleges that he unlawfully took a vehicle from The Diamond, Clones on July 30 last.

Garda Inspector Pat O’Connell told Judge Kevin Kilraine at the special court sitting that a ten-year-old girl with special needs was in the vehicle when it was taken.

Inspector O’Connell said the Gardai were in the process of issuing a nationwide Child Rescue Ireland Alert to seek the assistance of the public to locate the girl when she was discovered safe and well almost an hour after the incident, some distance from where the vehicle had been taken. The child had been brought to Cavan General Hospital for medical checks.

The Inspector told the court that the accused man was subsequently arrested after being detected driving the stolen vehicle. The vehicle had been preserved for technical examination.

Judge Kilraine refused bail in the case and remanded the accused in custody to appear before the sittings of the District Court in Harristown on Friday, August 5. After hearing evidence from Mr Graham’s father, the Judge directed that the accused undergo a psychiatric assessment while in custody. An application for free legal aid was granted.

The accused, who was represented in court by Ms Roisin Courtney, solicitor, also faces charges alleging that he drove while uninsured and drove while under the influence of an intoxicant at Crimlin, Carrickaboy, Co Cavan on July 30; and that on the same date he refused to provide a specimen at Monaghan Garda Station.

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