Limerick teenager granted bail because of “extraordinary delays”

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Defending solicitor John Herbert
A Teenager who has admitted stealing more than a dozen cars was released on bail due to a “delay of extraordinary proportions” securing directions from the DPP.

A Teenager who has admitted stealing more than a dozen cars was released on bail due to a “delay of extraordinary proportions” securing directions from the DPP.

Ronnie Dearman, aged 18, of Galtee Drive, O’Malley Park is accused of stealing 15 cars at a variety of locations across the city and county on separate dates between February 25, 2014 and July 7, 2014.

Mr Dearman, whose bail was revoked last August was granted bail despite garda objections.

Opposing the application, Detective Garda Ger Healy said he had concerns the defendant would commit further offences if released and that he would not obey his bail conditions.

Judge Marian O’Leary was told Mr Dearman, who has indicated he intends pleading guilty, was granted bail when he first appeared in court on July 31 last.

However Sergeant Donal Cronin said his bail was revoked less than a month later as he breached the conditions of his bail on 11 separate occasions.

Det Garda Healy said a “large and comprehensive” file was prepared and sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on November 3, last.

He added that he could not explain the delay in securing directions.

Solicitor John Herbert said his client had been in custody for more than four months and that the delay was “rather extraordinary” given his client’s admissions .

He told the court that his client, who spent Christmas in custody, would abide by any bail conditions imposed by the court.

“There will be no more tomfoolery, he does not intend returning to stealing cars,” he said.

Judge O’Leary said she was granting bail given the unusual delay.

Mr Dearman was ordered to live at his mother’s address, obey a nightly curfew and sign on daily at Roxboro Road garda station.

He was also ordered to stay away from the city centre except when attending court sittings or the social welfare offices on Dominick Street.