Limerick man faces trial over robbery of pensioner

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Martin Morey faces trial on indictment
A YOUNG man who is accused of robbing a pensioner at a public toilet is to face trial on indictment at the circuit court.

A YOUNG man who is accused of robbing a pensioner at a public toilet is to face trial on indictment at the circuit court.

Martin Morey, aged 23, of no fixed abode, is charged with robbing a black wallet containing cash and a mobile phone from the 85-year-old at Roxboro Shopping Centre on July 30 last.

Morey first appeared before Limerick District Court at the beginning of August and the case has been before the courts a number of times since for administrative purposes.

Previously, concerns were expressed by the defendant about the delay in securing directions from the office of the DPP with solicitor Sarah Ryan suggesting during one hearing that it was “extremely straight forward from the State’s point of view”.

This week, Sergeant Donal Cronin confirmed that directions have been received in recent days and that the matter is to proceed on indictment at Limerick Circuit Court.

He requested an adjournment of the case to facilitate the preparation of the book of evidence.

Ms Ryan said her client, who appeared before the court via video link from Limerick Prison, was only willing to consent to a two-week adjournment of the case.

Judge Marian O’Leary noted that directions have been received and she remanded Morey in continuing custody until November 17, next.

During a bail hearing in September, gardai said it will be alleged the defendant followed the pensioner into the toilet at the shopping centre, closed the cubicle door and “pinned him to the wall with his elbow”.

Detective Garda Mick Dunne of Roxboro Road garda station said the injured party, who has since turned 86, sustained a deep wound to his forehead when he hit his head off the cistern during the incident.

He added it will be alleged that Morey is a drug user and is of a “violent disposition”.