A 45-YEAR-old Kilmichael man who is accused of assaulting a teenage girl in Macroom on July 24th has been remanded in custody to appear at a sitting of Clonakilty District Court on Thursday August 31st.
Shane O’Neill of Shanacashel, Kilmichael, Macroom appeared at a sitting of Clonakilty District Court last Thursday where he is facing four charges, including assault and dangerous driving on July 24th. There was also a charge of theft and fraud at Centra, Enniskeane on July 25th as well as a charge of criminal damage at Macroom Garda Station on July 26th.
Insp Fergal Foley told Judge Tim Lucey that it was the State’s application to remand the defendant in custody for another two weeks.
‘A file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and directions are to be issued very shortly,’ said Insp Foley.
Solicitor Ray Hennessy said this was his client’s third appearance in court in as many weeks and said he was a bit surprised that it’s taking so long for direction. However, Insp Foley said that it’s not taking that long as it is a serious matter and that the file is with the DPP.
At a previous court sitting in July, the court was told the defendant left the scene of the alleged assault in a car that was registered to him and when he was arrested the next day, gardaí found sinister items in it, such as a knife, cable ties and heavy duty cleaning products. The court was told that the 16-year-old girl was now in fear of her life and that the gardaí believed that fear to be genuine.
Judge Lucey pointed out that it’s not that long, seeing as it was only August and the incidents happened in July. Judge Lucey said there was also the possibility of further charges being brought and the Insp confirmed this.
Judge Lucey remanded the defendant in custody to appear at Clonakilty District Court on August 31st.