Gardai refuse to drop curfew for man charged with gas cylinder sabotage

December 12, 2022

Gardai have refused to drop a curfew for a pensioner charged with attempting to sabotage the gas supply of a local community centre.

Charlie Lynagh (pictured above) appeared at  Letterkenny District Court to hear the outcome a decision from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The 72-year-old is charged that on October 22nd at Mevagh Hall in Carrigart he did damage two high pressure LPG rubber gas pipes belonging to Mevagh Hall.

A video of CCTV footage of the incident has been widely circulating on social media.

It allegedly shows Lynagh producing an object and using it to interfere with the rubber gas pipes leading to two large gas containers.

Lynagh was arrested at Crocknamurleog, Downings on October 25th last.

He was charged him under the Criminal Damage Act and the accused replied “Yeah.”

He had been released on bail but one of those bail conditions was that he was to remain indoors between 8pm and 8am.

Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, sought to “do away with the curfew” but Garda Sergeant Gerard Dalton object to any change in the curfew hours.

Mr Gallagher said he would like to maker a formal application to change the curfew conditions and Judge Éiteáin Cunningham said she would hear the matter on December 19th next.