A COUNTY Limerick man has appeared before the District Court charged with a number of offences in Limerick city in April, including false imprisonment and making threats to kill.
Dermot Ryan, 21, of Fairview Cottages, Mulgrave Street and formerly of Sharwood Estate, Newcastle West, is also charged with robbing a woman in Newcastle West last December.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly last week criticised the state for delays in the case and warned he would consider throwing out burglary and false imprisonment charges against Mr Ryan in respect of an alleged incident at St Dympna’s Terrace, Mulgrave Street on April 1.
Judge O’Kelly had said that the accused man faced a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if convicted and was entitled to have his case dealt with in a timely manner. He expressed concerns over the delay in securing directions from the DPP - especially as gardai had strongly opposed a bail application which was made on behalf of the defendant when he first appeared before the court in May.
Judge O’Kelly adjourned the case for a week for DPP’s directions and marked it peremptory against the state.
This Tuesday, Inspector Seamus Ruane said the DPP had consented to have the existing and new matters proceed to trial on indictment in the Circuit Court.
Det Garda William O’Connor said he had arrested Mr Ryan on Tuesday and charged him with an additional three offences. They are threatening to kill Liam O’Rourke at various locations in Limerick; robbing Mr O’Rourke of an ATM card at SuperValu in Castleconnell and the intimidation of Mr O’Rourke by making threats and forcing him to drive to various locations. All of the offences are alleged to have occurred on April 1.
Mr Ryan is also facing trial for allegedly robbing Shauna McNamara of a bag and a camera at Sheehan’s Road, Newcastle West on December 4, 2011.
Judge O’Kelly, in response to solicitor Michael O’Donnell’s concerns over delays in the case, said the prosecution had “recognised my order marking it peremptory against the state and have come forward with additional charges of an extremely serious nature”. The judge was satisfied that the state was “not offside”.
No application for bail was made by Mr O’Donnell and the accused was remanded in custody to appear before the court again on August 15 in relation to Det Garda O’Connor’s matters.
He was remanded in custody to appear before Listowel District Court on August 10 in relation to the alleged robbery in Newcastle West.