Culdaff man sent forward for trial

A Culdaff man has been sent forward for trial to the Circuit Court on three charges.

Barry Doherty, (24), Dunross has been charged with assault causing harm, possession of articles with intent to cause injury and criminal damage at Tullanree, Carndonagh on September 22nd, 2012.

The book of evidence was served upon him in Carndonagh on Tuesday morning. He appeared at Carndonagh District Court, where Buncrana Garda Inspector David Murphy applied to have him sent forward for trial to the next sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court on July 15th.

This was consented to by Judge Paul Kelly, who remanded Doherty on bail on his own bond of 250 euro. He also imposed the condition that Doherty reside at Dunross, Culdaff and notify Gardai of any intention to change address.

Doherty also pleaded guilty to a number of other offences at Carndonagh District Court on Tuesday, relating to two separate incidents.

The court heard that on September 10, 2010, Garda McBride was called to Main Street, Culdaff after a blue Opel Corsa was stolen from the rear of a property at 1.55am. The car owner’s neighbour told the Garda that when she was going to bed, she heard a noise in the back garden. She saw the car being reversed out of the driveway. The driver was wearing a grey hooded top. At 2.55am, the car was found abandoned at Dunross, Culdaff. Garda Lambe obtained CCTV from the village and Doherty was observed walking towards the house at 1.20am. The court heard how Garda Murphy had spoken to him earlier that night and saw he was wearing a grey hooded top. Doherty was later arrested at Dunross in relation to another matter and re-arrested at Buncrana Garda Station. He made certain admissions under interview and replied: “Sorry” when charged.

The second charges related to an incident involving Garda Canning on 14th-15th May, 2010. Gardai at Carndonagh and Moville were called to Moneydarragh, Gleneely to respond to a report of dangerous driving. They found two vehicles, which had collided. As Gardai were making enquiries, Doherty approached the scene accompanied by two others. Doherty, who was intoxicated, told Gardai the CD player in one of the cars was his and he wanted it. He admitted he owned the car. The court heard he became aggressive and obstructive to Gardai.

Doherty has a number of previous convictions, including giving a false name under the Road Traffic Act, no insurance, failing to stop for Gardai and dangerous driving. He was fined and disqualified for three years on each at Sligo District Court in 2010. In 2009 at Buncrana District Court, he received the Probabation Act in relation to 20 matters, including nine charges of burglary.

Defence solicitor Mr Ciaran MacLochlainn said Doherty went to work in England “when these matters started to accummulate.” While there, he gave up drugs and moderated his drinking habits. He was also in full-time employment. Mr MacLochlainn said Doherty came home at Christmas and contacted Garda Lambe in relation to dealing with his cases. He added that Doherty had “settled” and now lived with his parents.

He also told the court his client had been “running around with a crowd of local men, who were heavily involved in these crimes.”

“He has since broken the connection,” he said.

Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the matters to the June court for probation and community service reports. He said he was “not restricting” himself to that.

“It’s something I will consider, as I am obliged to do,” he said.