A Donegal solicitor has raised questions over a delay over CCTV footage in a case involving his client.
Sean Gallagher is before the court charged with having a knife and making threats at Dunnes Stores in Letterkenny.
The 45-year-old from Burnside Park, Letterkenny is in custody at Castlerea Prison having been denied bail in September. Gallagher appeared at Wednesday’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court via video link.
His solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher was informed that there had been a further delay in the case.
“For some reason, the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) is unable to turn on a computer and look at a short video,” the solicitor said. “He is in difficulty, given where he is and given his family commitments.”
Sergeant Jim Collins said there was an issue over CCTV. He said Gardai would re-send a copy to the DPP.
“I can’t understand this and I know that Mr Gallagher is very annoyed,” the solicitor added.
Sergeant Collins consented to the case being put into Thursday next, October 12, for directions and Gallagher was remanded in custody by Judge Éiteáin Cunningham to appear on that date.
Gallagher is charged with an alleged offence on August 21, 2023. He was charged that, at Dunnes Stores, Oldtown Road, Letterkenny, he did without lawful authority or reasonable excuse have with him in a public place a kitchen knife for causing injury to or incapacitating a person.
Previously, Sergeant Collins told the court that the accused had ‘a number’ of previous convictions, including five for assault and 14 for theft.
At a hearing when Gallagher was denied bail, Mr Gallagher said that the defendant is ‘adamant’ that there was no knife in his pocket. He said a knife is not visible in CCTV footage of the alleged incident.
The case will come before Letterkenny District Court again on October 12.