AN UNEMPLOYED man was granted bail after he was charged with assaulting a member of staff at the social welfare offices in Newcastle West this Wednesday morning having arrived there to ‘sign on’ a short time earlier.
Jimmy Sheehan, aged 34, who has an address at Nash’s Flats, Newcastle West faces two charges in connection with the incident at Gortboy, Newcastle West, which happened at around 10am.
Garda Keith Hughes told Limerick District Court the defendant was arrested and brought to the local garda station following the incident and that he made no reply when he was charged.
He said it will be alleged that Mr Sheehan struck a female member of staff in the face when he became irate after he was not allowed to make a phone call.
A number of other people were in the premises at the time of the incident.
In addition to the assault charge, the Mr Sheehan faces a charge under the provisions of the Public Order Act of engaging in “abusive or threatening” behaviour.
Sergeant Donal Cronin said there was no objection to bail but he asked that a number of conditions be imposed by the court.
These, he said, included a requirement that he live at his home address, obey a nightly curfew and sign on three times a week.
He was also requested that Mr Sheehan remain sober in public and that he does not have any contact with the alleged injured party.
Gardai also sought to prevent the defendant from entering the social welfare offices in Newcastle West pending the conclusion of the proceedings.
However, after solicitor Sarah Ryan told the court that his client is required to ‘sign on’ once a week in order to claim his social welfare entitlements, it was agreed that this condition would not be sought.
After Granting bail, Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin ordered that investigating gardai disclose details of the potential evidence in the case to Ms Ryan - including CCTV of the incident.
The case was adjourned to Newcastle West District Court on April 10, next.