Man remanded in custody following alleged assault in Castlefin

August 5, 2022

A man accused of a ‘violent and unprovoked’ assault last weekend has been remanded in custody.

Edward Crerand was arrested following an incident in Castlefin last Friday night.

The 39-year-old from Sraih Aoibhinn, Stranorlar is charged with assault causing harm, taking a vehicle without permission and the theft of a car key.

Crerand was previously denied bail at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court on Sunday last.

He appeared before yesterday’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court via videolink from Castlerea Prison.

Sergeant Jim Collins told the court that directions were awaited from the Director of Public Prosecutions and he was seeking a two-week remand.

Solicitor for Crerand, Mr Rory O’Brien, said the ‘wheels are in motion’ in relation to a High Court application for bail.

Detective Garda John O’Sullivan said an alleged victim had been taken to hospital after being attacked. The man was treated for facial injuries.

Detective Garda O’Sullivan said Gardaí were objecting to bail due to the seriousness of the charges.

He said Crerand had 28 previous convictions in the Republic of Ireland, 16 of which were ‘in the ‘serious’ category and 12 of which were committed while the accused was on bail.

Judge Alan Mitchell remanded Crerand in custody to appear before the August 18 sitting of Letterkenny District Court.