Wednesday 24 January 2018

Doubts remain over identity of man in court

Wexford Courthouse in Ardcavan.
Wexford Courthouse in Ardcavan.

A man with multiple names was brought before Wexford District Court by New Ross gardaí, who remained unsure what to call their prisoner.

The defendant accused of falsely using a Romanian ID card carrying the name of Vasile Cobzaru and a Spanish ID card in the name of Rodrigo Cuartielles was happy to be called Alexandru-Adrian Goldbraun.

Detective Garda Darren Lyons opposed the granting of bail to the defendant, whose age appeared to be 28 and who told officers that he comes from Bucharest in Romania.

The detective explained that the charges were serious and that doubts remained about the true identity of the man, who came to his attention after a call from the Bank of Ireland in New Ross on April 13.

Judge Gerard Haughton was told that the suspect first told the gardaí that he was Cobzaru before he reverted to Goldbraun on the second day of his detention.

They soon found evidence of three Romanian identities and one Spanish in the form of ID cards carrying the man's picture, along with €4,700 in cash and details of bank accounts matching the various identities.

Irish investigators had requested assistance from police in Romania through Interpol for confirmation (or otherwise) that Goldbraun was who he now said he was.

Pending the reply from Romania, Detective Lyons reported that the defendant appeared to have a female accomplice whose likeness appeared on four further ID cards found where the couple had been staying.

The same search found that accounts had been set up at Bank of Ireland branches in Lisduggan, Carlow, Kilkenny, Limerick, Wexford and Cork.

His client had an address in Gorey but defending solicitor Ed King said that, if released, his client would life at 6 Sharrard Street in Dublin with a man who was in court to vouch for Goldbraun.

The defendant, who required no translator when called to give evidence in support of his bail application, pointed out that he had been in custody for four weeks.

He said that he was sick and that he wanted to see his doctor but told the judge that the doctor was in Romania.

Garda Superintendent John McDonald reminded the mystery man that he had been found in possession of a medical prescription bearing the name, not Goldbraun or Cobzaru, but Rodrigo Carlios.

Bail was refused, with Judge Haughton saying he had no doubt that the defendant intended to go back to Romania as soon as he was released.

Goldbraun/Cobzaru/Carlios was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on May 24.

Wexford People

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