Burglary, and public order at the Picnic

A Portlaoise man who sneaked into this year’s Electric Picnic without a ticket was one of several men before last week’s district court charged with criminal offences at the music festival.

A Portlaoise man who sneaked into this year’s Electric Picnic without a ticket was one of several men before last week’s district court charged with criminal offences at the music festival.

Craig Dollard, of 9 Mountain View Square, Portlaoise, faced a charge of possessing stolen property at Electric Picnic, Stradbally, on August 31.

It emerged that he had sneaked into the festival grounds when his solicitor, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick requested legal aid. Judge Catherine Staines asked, since Dollard was seeking free legal aid, how had he gained entry to the Picnic.

“Did he get a ticket?” asked Judge Staines.

“No, he snuck in,” admitted Ms Fitzpatrick.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly informed Judge Staines that there were no directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and he requested the case be adjourned.

Judge Staines put the matter back to October 16 for DPP directions.

Also charged with the possession of stolen property at the Picnic was James Heffernan, 18 Clonrookse View, Portlaoise.

Insp Farrelly said there were no DPP directions in Heffernan’s case, and there may be further charges to come.

The inspector revealed that a lot of property had been recovered which still had to be identified.

Heffernan’s case was adjourned.

Meanwhile, Richard O’Shea, 37 Oakleaf Place, Portlaoise, appeared to answer a charge of the possession of stolen property, at the Electric Picnic on August 31.

When his case was called Insp Farrelly said that no order was to be made, and the charge against Mr O’Shea was struck out.

Luke Cronin, 24 Dromleigh Estate, Bantry, Cork, was charged with entering a building with intent to commit an offence, at Cosby Hall, on August 14.

His case was adjourned.

Also appearing before the court in relation to the Electric Picnic was Darren Coss, 45 Beechfield, Portlaoise.

He was charged with burglary, being intoxicated, and using threatening or abusive behaviour, at Cosby Hall, Stradbally, on August 30.

Coss also faced a separate charge of failing to comply with the direction of the gardaí, at Lyster Square, Portlaoise, on August 20.

There were also charges of motoring offences, including failure to produce insurance certificate and failure to report change of ownership, going back to December 16 last year, at the Ballyfin Road, Portlaoise.

All matters were adjourned to September 25, for a plea or a hearing date.

And Niall Kearney, Apt 3 Block 1 Fieldbrook, Portlaoise, was charged with being intoxicated and using threatening or abusive behaviour, at Cosby Hall on August 31.

He failed to appear in court and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.