THE 42-year-old unemployed man charged with the attempted false imprisonment of a teenage girl at Moyclare, Ferbane on the evening of Tuesday, July 19 last is due to appear before Cloverhill District Court today (Wednesday, August 3).
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested by Birr-based Garda Det Sgt Kieron Hanley at 3.23am on Thursday in Tramore, Co Waterford.
Following questioning at Tullamore Garda Station, he was charged with ‘attempted false imprisonment’ at 2.40pm on Friday to which he made no reply.
And later that evening he was brought before a special sitting of Athlone District Court. The defendant entered the building with a coat covering his face and he kept his head down for the duration of the hearing.
The charge arises from an incident in which a 13-year-old girl who had been cycling on a quiet road between her own home and that of a friends at Moyclare near Ferbane, reported that the driver of a white van approached her for directions, and attempted to drag her into the vehicle. The alarm was raised when the girl escaped to a neighbour’s house.
Superintendent David Kavanagh’s application to have the defendant remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison was granted and he also sought an order preventing the publication of the victim’s name. He informed the court that the DPP had not yet given any directions in relation to the proposed trial venue.
Solicitor Patrick Martin outlined that there was no objection to the application for bail and he requested a psychiatric assessment, legal aid and asked for a prohibition on the naming of his client.
Judge Séamus Hughes directed that medical and psychiatric treatment be afforded to the accused while in custody and he granted legal aid in light of the fact the defendant was unemployed and in receipt of disability benefit.
Judge Hughes also consented to the prohibition request.