Man who allegedly rammed Gardai is returned for trial

May 5, 2021

A man who allegedly rammed a garda patrol car twice in a high- speed chase in south Donegal has been returned for trial in the Donegal Circuit Court.

Duane Farry (31) with addresses at Mounstewart Road, Fintona and Ashfield Gardens, Fintona in Tyrone is charged with causing criminal damage to a garda car at Birchill, Donegal Town on January 24 last.

He is also charged with assaulting Detective Garda Paul Mchugh causing him harm on the same date at Rossmore, Donegal Town.

The defendant is charged with driving a vehicle in a manner which created a substantial risk of death or serious injury to another at Keeldrums, Donegal Town on the same date.

He is facing an identical charge at Drumlonagher, Donegal Town on the same date.

And he is facing an identical charge at Tullyearl, Donegal Town on the same date.

Charges relating to the same alleged incident were adjourned until next January.
Detective Sergeant Mattie Murphy gave evidence of serving the book of evidence on the defendant at Donegal Town District Court this morning.

The defendant was returned for trial to the next sitting of Donegal Town Circuit Court on December 7.

The defendant has been in custody since January.

Defence solicitor John Anderson applied for bail for the defendant.

Judge Kevin Kilrane remanded the defendant in custody with consent his own bail of €4000 cash.

The conditions of the bail are that he would live in the home of Sarah Louise McDaid in Killygordon.

He is to observe a curfew from 10 pm to 8 am.

His mobile phone number has to be available to gardai, charged and switched on 24 hours.

He is also to sign on at Letterkenny Garda Station three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

The defendant was not to sit in the driving seat of a vehicle either stationary or moving.

The defendant was remanded in custody with consent to bail, to the next circuit court sitting on December 7.

Legal aid with one counsel was granted to McGovern and Walsh, solicitors.


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