Man to stand trial after serious assault in Castlefin

December 20, 2022

A man will stand trial next year over a ‘violent and unprovoked assault’ in Castlefin.

A book of evidence was served on Edward Crerand this week at Letterkenny District Court.

Crerand, who has been in custody since his arrest, faces charges relating to an incident at Knockrawer, Castlefin on July 29, 2022.

Crerand is charged with false imprisonment, assault causing harm, the unauthorised taking of a vehicle and the theft of a car key.

Garda Lynda Halligan gave evidence of serving a book of evidence on the accused at 11.11am on Monday at Letterkenny courthouse.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has directed that Crerand be forwarded to the next sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court, which commences on January 24, 2023.

Judge Éiteáin Cunningham administered the alibi warning and made a section 56 order relating to videotapes of interviews.

Detective Garda John O’Sullivan told a previous sitting of the court that an alleged victim had been taken to hospital after being attacked. The man was treated for facial injuries.

Gardai previously objected to bail due to the seriousness of the charge.

At an earlier sitting, Crerand’s solicitor, Mr Rory O’Brien, called it ‘an unbelievably protracted case,’ and Judge Cunningham marked it peremptory against the State, meaning directions had to be available this week.