TWO West Cork men have been charged following an attack on Dunmanway garda station the week before Christmas when two men, wearing balaclavas and armed with a metal bar, smashed the station’s windows.
Timmy McCarthy (23) and Thomas Douglas (22), both with an address at Cousane Gap, Dunmanway, were brought before a special sitting of Clonakilty Court last Saturday and charged with criminal damage at the garda station on December 17th.
Mr McCarthy was also charged with criminal damage to a launderette on Main St, as well as four counts of dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving without a driving licence at Coole Mountain, Dunmanway on December 19th. Insp Fergal Foley told the court that gardai were not objecting to bail for either, once certain conditions were met, including that they sign on three times a week, abide by a curfew, stay out of Dunmanway and not interfere with witnesses.
Insp Foley said that in the case of Mr McCarthy, gardaí wanted him to abide by a 10pm to 6am curfew while staying at Sheila’s Hostel in Cork, and to sign on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Mayfield Garda Station. They wanted Mr Douglas to do the same at Bantry Garda Station. Both men were arrested at a house at Cousane Gap on Saturday morning, along with a young woman, in an operation involving gardaí from Bandon, Dunmanway and Clonakilty, backed up by the armed Regional Support Unit and the garda dog unit.
The woman, Celeste Moat (20), of Cousane Gap, Dunmanway, was charged with obstruction of gardaí on December 23rd and all three defendants were remanded on bail by Judge John King to appear at Clonakilty District Court again on January 16th.