‘Guards have it in for me,’ Buncrana man claims in court

February 16, 2018

A BUNCRANA man has been sent forward to the Circuit Court charged with assault causing harm nine years ago. 

Seamus Cooley, 42, from Tullyarvan, Buncrana, was charged with assault causing harm to another male at in Buncrana on November 3, 2008.

Garda Gallagher served the book of evidence on Mr. Cooley at Buncrana District Court last Thursday.

Garda Inspector David Murphy said the Director of Public Prosecutions consented to the accused being sent forward to trial to the present sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court. He said the case should proceed on charge number one in the Book of Evidence.

Judge Paul Kelly warned Cooley that if he was to rely on an alibi as part of his defence he must inform the prosecution within 14 days. Judge Kelly granted legal aid to Mr. David Henry, including one senior counsel.

The court heard that Mr. Cooley was also facing other charges, which were to be heard at the District Court after the Circuit Court case concluded.

He stands accused of being threatening, abusive and insulting at Ballyderowen, Burnfoot and with making off from a taxi without payment at St. Mary’s Road, Buncrana. Both are alleged to have occurred on July 10, 2011.

Judge Kelly adjourned these matters until March 8.

When signing his bond, Mr. Cooley claimed that the guards ‘had it in for him’.

Addressing Judge Kelly, the Buncrana man said: “These f**king guards have it in for me. There was someone here earlier with five or six previous convictions and I’m the one going to the Circuit Court – over a €50 taxi fare, it’s ridiculous,” he added.

Insp. Murphy told Cooley to restrain himself and show the court some respect.


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