Judge grants application for extension of detention period
A FORTY-TWO-year-old man picked up by gardaí during a nationwide drive against organised crime and drug dealing made a brief appearance at Enniscorthy District Court last week.
Judge Donnchadh Ó Buachalla arrived early at the courthouse in Ardcavan on Wednesday to hear Superintendent John Roche's application to extend the man's period of detention from 72 hours (three days) to 144 hours (a full week).
The man, dressed in shirt sleeves, had no legal representative present, though the court was assured that every effort had been made to contact his solicitor. The prisoner made no comment as the superintendent informed the judge that the man had been arrested brought to Gorey Garda Station on November 8 as part of the 'Operation Chisel' crackdown.
The case was introduced to Judge Ó Buachalla by Inspector Pat McDonald, and six other members of the force were present listening to the application made by Superintendent Roche. The superintendent explained that the permitted period of detention was due to expire at 10.17 a.m. that morning and looked for a 72-hour extension of the time allowed for interrogation of the arrested individual as allowed for under the Criminal Justice Acts.
The man made no comment during the hearing, from which the general public was excluded. At 10.04 a.m., with 13 minutes to spare, the judge granted the application and the prisoner left with his garda escort for questioning to resume.