Abbeyleix man in custody after breaching bail

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Abbeyleix man in custody after breaching bail

An Abbeyleix facing numerous public order charges and theft charges has been remanded in custody for breaching his bail.

Before last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court was James El Fehli, Corran na Noir, Abbeyleix.

The accused was charged with the unauthorised taking of an MPV, at 7 Corran na Noir, Abbeyleix, on November 2.

He previously appeared in court on October 6, where he was charged with a public order offence on October 5 this year; trespass, possession of knives and other articles, and the possession of certain articles, on September 26; a public order offence, and an offence under section 9 of the firearms and offensive weapons act, on September 24; a public order offence on September 21; and offences including assault, on September 12.

Garda Robert Foran gave evidence that since the accused’s last court appearance, he had breached both bail conditions, which were a curfew between 9pm and 7am, and for the accused to abstain from all intoxicants and be of sober habits.

The garda said the accused had allegedly committed a number of offences.

Garda Foran also said that the accused had given his mother’s address as his place of residence, but his mother had said he was not welcome there as a drug user.

Defence, Ms Ann Manning said her client had engaged with psychiatric services and a a place was now available for him to receive treatment.

If placed on this treatment, his mother said he would be welcome in the house.

Judge Staines asked for proof that a place was available, to which Ms Manning replied she did not have anything in writing.

In relation to this, Garda Foran told the court that he had spoken to a lady that morning at the garda station, who had visited the accused, but the gardaí had not had a chance to check her credentials.

Judge Staines remanded the accused in custody to this Thursday, November 10.

She told defence to obtain a letter proving the accused has a place available for treatment.