Two charged over Carrick assault at special court sitting 

Two charged over Carrick assault at special court sitting 

A 26-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, both with addresses in Co Roscommon have been formally charged in relation to an alleged assault in Carrick-on-Shannon on July 17.

Claire Bewley (26), Runnamote, Ballinaheglish, Co Roscommon and Thomas Curley (24) of the same address, appeared before Judge James Faughnan at a special sitting of Carrick-on-Shannon District Court this evening (Friday, July 29).

Sgt Carla Curry gave evidence of the arrest, charge and caution of Ms Bewley who is charged with a Section 2 Assault, under the Non Fatal Offences Act, of Gerard Doolan at Main Street, Carrick-on-Shannon on July 17, 2016.

Ms Bewley, dressed in a blue hoodie, pink shirt and grey jeans, stared straight ahead as Sgt Curry gave her evidence.

Sgt Curry noted that Ms Bewley had made no reply after caution when she was read the charge.

Leitrim District Superintendent, Kevin English, told the court  there was no objection to bail and terms had already been agreed.

As part of the bail conditions Ms Bewley has to provide an independent surety of €500, cash, lodged by her father, Philip Bewley. It is also a condition of bail that she reside with her father at Kiltybrannock, Cloonloo, Via Boyle, Co Sligo. Ms Bewley must also undertake to surrender all travel documents and not apply for a new passport or travel documents.

Superintendent English said it is also a condition of her bail that she disassociate from, and not interfere with or contact, directly or indirectly, any witnesses or other persons connected to this investigation. He said this applies, in particular, to those who were present with her, at or near, the scene of the alleged assault. He said she is to refrain from contact with such persons by any means, social media or otherwise.

Ms Bewley is also to enter her own bond of €500, not cash.

An application was made for legal aid and Judge Faughnan assigned solicitor, Martin Burke.

The case against Ms Bewley has been adjourned for mention to Carrick-on-Shannon District Court on September 20, 2016.

Detective Gda David Donnelly gave evidence of the arrest, charge and caution of the other defendant, Thomas Curley.

Mr Curley faces a more serious charge of a Section 3 Assault Causing Harm to Gerard Doolan at Main St, Carrick-on-Shannon on July 17, 2016.

Det Gda Donnelly noted that Mr Curley had nothing to say after he was charged.

Mr Curley, wearing a navy blue jacket, red t-shirt and dark blue jeans, also stared straight ahead, as details of his arrest, charge and caution were read out in court.

Superintendent English noted that there "may be more serious charges coming" for Mr Curley, adding "a file will be submitted to the DPP in due course".

The Superintendent said there is no objection to bail for Mr Curley but noted that the bail conditions are "somewhat different  (to Ms Bewley's) to reflect the more serious nature of the charge".

As a condition of bail Mr Curley must enter his own bond of €1,000 and an independent surety of  €1,500 is to be lodged as cash by his father, Thomas Curley Snr. 

It is also a condition of bail that he sign on twice a week at Roscommon Garda Station, Monday and Friday, between the hours of 9am and 9pm.

As a further condition of bail, Mr Curley must surrender his passport and all travel documents to gardai in Carrick-on-Shannon and must also undertake not to apply for any new travel documents. 

As per the bail condition applied to Ms Bewley, Mr Curley must also disassociate from, and not interfere with or contact, directly or indirectly, any witnesses or other persons connected to this investigation. This applies in particular to those who were present with him, at or near, the scene of the alleged assault.

Superintendent English said Mr Curley is also to refrain from contact with such persons by any means, social media or otherwise.

As part of his bail conditions Mr Curley has 24 hours after his release to provide a current phone number to gardai in Carrick-on-Shannon.

It is also a condition of bail that this phone be switched on at all times and Mr Curley must be contactable by gardai.

As a final condition Mr Curley is to reside at his parents address in Rockfield, Co Roscommon, vacating his current address.

An application for legal aid was made and solicitor, Niamh McGovern, was assigned.

Despite a short period of adjournment to allow Mr Curley's father to arrive with the independent surety, Thomas Curley Snr was not contactable and had not appeared by the end of the court sitting. Judge Faughnan remanded Mr Curley (the defendant) in custody with consent to bail.

The case against Mr Curley is now adjourned to a special sitting of the Sligo District Court on August 3, 2016 at 2pm.