More than 20 people were involved in a day-long altercation at Canal Road in Letterkenny last Sunday, a court has heard.

Tommy Connors of 4 Canal Road was arrested at Letterkenny University Hospital on Sunday for his part in the fracas and gardai objected to bail being granted.

Gardai outlined that on Sunday afternoon, Connors used a rope with hooks attached at the end to break three windows in a violent incident at Canal Road. He was also in possession of a steel bar.

The court heard that a number of witness statements were taken and gardai are seeking further more serious charges in relation to this matter.

Garda McLaughlin told Judge Paul Kelly that bail was being objected to on a number of grounds. These included the fact that Connors could interfere with witnesses and would not turn up to court to answer the charges against him.

He confirmed that Connors was not the only person involved in this altercation and there were up to 20 persons involved throughout the day and there is an ongoing garda investigation in relation to it.

Solicitor for the defendant, Mr Michael Shiel, asked Judge Kelly to grant bail and said his client had lived at that address for more than ten years.

He said he has been in court on a number of occasions since then on public order charges and has had no warrants issued in the last five years.

Mr Shiel suggested that Connors could provide an alternate address at which to reside but Garda McLaughlin said this would not change his view on the objection to bail.

“I still believe that he would return to his brothers at 4 Canal Road,” said Garda McLaughlin.

Judge Kelly noted that there was another incident recently involving parties related to the defendant at the same location and said he was refusing bail on the basis of possible interference with witnesses.

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