Remand for Letterkenny man who is ‘down a very dark path’

April 15, 2018

A Letterkenny man has been remanded in custody at Castlerea Prison after being arrested on foot of a bench warrant.

Francis McConnell (29), of 10 Leck Cottages, Letterkenny is charged with assault at the Department of Psychiatry, Letterkenny General Hospital on May 8, 2017.

McConnell was arrested on Friday afternoon at Neil T Blaney Road, Letterkenny, after Judge Paul Kelly had issued a bench warrant for his arrest earlier in the day. McConnell made no reply when cautioned and charged by Gardai.

Judge Kelly remanded McConnell at Castlerea to appear via video link on April 19. Judge Kelly directed that McConnell undergo medical assessment and treatment, and ordered that a psychiatric assessment and report be carried out.

Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had ‘an underlying difficulty that has to be got to’.

“He fully accepts that he has gone down a very dark path and assistance is required,” Mr Gallagher said.

“It doesn’t seem that he can manage it on his own. He is well aware of the difficulties that are facing him.”


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