Young man made threats after car seized
Published 14/05/2016 | 00:00
A young New Ross man who came to Enniscorthy after his car was seized by gardaí was arrested on Sunday evening and brought before the District Court on Monday.
An account of what happened was provided to the court by Garda Antoinette Byrne giving evidence against 19-year-old James Murphy, address given as 32 Woodbine Close in New Ross.
She stated that the vehicle was seized from Murphy on Sunday morning.
She went on to tell how she was on duty in Enniscorthy in the afternoon.
It appeared that the defendant believed the vehicle was being held in Enniscorthy, so he turned up at Alcast in Clonhaston demanding to have it brought out to him.
She recalled that, when she found him there, he said he would burn down the Alcast building and also burn down Motor Salvage Ireland nearby.
He was arrested and detained overnight at the barracks in Enniscorthy, charged with threatening/abusive behaviour at Clonhaston.
When the charge was put to him, Murphy replied: 'When I go back to New Ross, I will make more hassle.'
Garda Byrne explained that Alcast/Motor Salvage Ireland is contracted to accommodate some impounded vehicles.
She was concerned that Murphy had threatened to smash the faces of gardaí and of his solicitor.
The garda added that the defendant also threatened to head butt her colleague Garda McGrath.
Sergeant Gary Rayner looked for a remand in custody as the defendant had nowhere to stay.
The young man's parents did not want him back and the sergeant felt that he had no fixed abode.
The parents had indicated they were concerned about their son's mental health.
The court was informed that he had been seen by a doctor after his arrest but was not detained under the Mental Health Act.
Solicitor Lana Doherty passed on her client's offer to drive to the hospital in Waterford and to check into the department of psychiatry there.
However, Judge Gerard Haughton preferred a remand in custody with his recommendation that a psychiatric assessment should be carried out.