A bench warrant has been issued for a man who failed to turn up for his trial at Donegal Circuit Court on a charge under the theft an fraud offences act.
Charlie Ward, aged 41, was accused of leaving a bed and breakfast without paying.
Ward, of Tubberycurry, Co Sligo, is accused of obtaining bed and breakfast at Tullan Strand in Bundoran on April 23rd, 2017.
He is accused of not paying Marion Ward the €70 for the accommodation on the night.
A jury panel had arrived at the court in Letterkenny.
However, when the trial was called, barrister for the state, Ms Patricia McLaughlin said she understood that Ward had not turned up and was currently out of the state.
This was confirmed by Ward’s barrister, Mr Keith O’Grady who said he had spoken to Ward’s wife and she also said he was out of the state.
Judge John Aylmer said that under the circumstances he would issue a bench warrant for Ward’s arrest.