Pensioner on sabotage charges has curfew eased for Christmas

December 19, 2022

Gardai have agreed to ease a curfew time for a pensioner for Christmas after he was charged with attempting to sabotage the gas supply of a local community centre.

Charlie Lynagh (pictured above) appeared at  Letterkenny District Court after Gardai last week objected to changing his curfew which had been from 8pm until 8am.

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 extend the curfew.

Garda Sergeant Jim Collins agreed to extend the curfew meaning Lynagh was to remain indoors at his home between the hours of 11pm and 7am.

The case was also adjourned to  March 15th next to allow for DPP directions in the case.