Man to go on trial for causing ‘violent disorder’ in pub

September 14, 2022

A man charged with committing ‘violent disorder’ is to go on trial in the Circuit Court next month. 

Stephen Crerand (38), of Ard O’Donnell, Letterkenny, is charged in connection with an incident in Ballybofey on May 7, 2017.

He appeared at Letterkenny District Court before Judge Éiteáin Cunningham this week. Garda Adam Daly gave evidence of serving a book of evidence on Crerand.

Sergeant Gerard Dalton informed the court the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has consented for the accused to be forwarded for trial to the next sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court in October.

Crerand did not speak during the brief hearing. 

Judge Cunningham administered the alibi warning and made a section 56 order in relation to the disclosure of videotapes of interviews.

The accused is charged in relation to an incident at Cheers Bar, Main Street, Ballybofey, on the date in question.

It is alleged he committed violent disorder in that he, with other persons, used or threatened to use unlawful violence that would cause a person to fear for his or another person’s safety.

Crerand also faces a criminal damage charge.

Solicitor Donagh Cleary said that, given the nature of the charges – which carry a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment – he was applying for two counsel.

Judge Cunningham granted legal aid to Mr Cleary and assigned two counsel.