Wednesday 20 November 2019

Englishman remanded in custody on charges

Eric Fletcher arriving at Gorey court.
Eric Fletcher arriving at Gorey court.

A 56-YEAR-OLD man in an England sports shirt arrested by Gorey gardaí was produced before Judge Gerard Haughton at the June 9 sitting of the District Court in the town.

Appearing for Eric Fletcher of no fixed abode was solicitor David Tarrant who spoke up as his client sat quietly on one of the benches in the courtroom.

Mr Tarrant said that his client was named on a European arrest warrant and he was due before the High Court as a result.

Meanwhile, District Court charges facing the defendant included an allegation that he failed to notify gardaí of his name and address as required of him under the terms of the Sex Offenders Act.

He was also charged with possession of documents which he knew to be false – all bearing the name David Thompson.

The documents were a birth cert, medical card and papers from the Jobs and Benefits office in Belfast along with a marriage certificate for David and Margaret Thompson.

Garda Inspector Sean Clince sought a remand in custody and, after a quick consultation on the spot with his client, Mr Tarrant indicated that Fletcher consented to a two week adjournment on that basis.

Judge Haughton remanded the accused in custody to the Wexford court sitting of June 20.

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