Man refused bail over fears he may interfere with witnesses

April 29, 2022

A Letterkenny man has been refused bail over fears that he may interfere with witnesses.

John Paul McGinley is charged with damaging windows and also a range of traffic offences including dangerous driving.

The 18-year-old, with an address at Glenard Park, Letterkenny, was arrested on Saturday last.

He was due to appear in court on April 4th last but never turned up.

When arrested McGinley told Gardai that he was not driving the car.

Gardai said that McGinley had been “actively avoiding arrest” and had not stuck to his bail conditions.

Detective Garda Derek Connaughton said he believed said there was a strong possibility McGinley would interfere with witnesses if released on bail.

“He has no respect for bail,” added Garda Sergeant Jim Collins.

His solicitor, Mr Rory O’Brien, had applied for bail in the case.

Judge Deirdre Gearty refused bail saying she had “significant concerns’ that McGinley would interfere with witnesses.

She remanded him in custody to appear again by videolink at Letterkenny District Court on May 3rd.