Monday 21 October 2019

Man found with ice pick admits he was 'out of his head'

Judge's gavel.
Judge's gavel.

James Byrne of 48 The Faythe, Wexford, was found at Donovan's Wharf with a claw hammer in one hand and an ice pick in the other, the District Court was told.

Bringing the defendant and a criminal damage charge before the November 10 sitting at Ardcavan was Garda Declan Dennehy.

He told how he arrested Byrne at the scene of the alleged crime shortly after 1 a.m., a few hours earlier.

Judge Gerard Haughton was reminded that the same accused was due for trial in another matter in the Circuit Court.

He was on bail at the time of the incident in Donovan's Wharf and the garda sought a remand in custody.

Garda Dennehy said that Byrne was intoxicated when he was discovered with the hammer and pick beside a broken window.

The accused agreed that he was out of his head, as he put it. A baton was used to subdue him at the scene.

In considering the bail application, the judge was reminded that a warrant was required to bring Byrne to court on a previous occasion.

However, it was accepted that there was no risk that he would leave the country.

He was allowed his liberty, with bail conditions which included a 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew and a requirement to sign on daily at the barracks in Roche's Road.

Wexford People