Man who terrorised town remanded in custody

Special sitting of Carrick-on-Shannon District Court

Man who terrorised town remanded in custody

At a special sitting of Carrick-on-Shannon District Court last Thursday, Declan White was remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District Court the following morning after “the town of Drumshanbo was left terrorised by the actions of the defendant,” according to Leitrim District Superintendent Kevin English.

Mr White (29), 16 Dristernan, Drumshanbo, appeared before Court charged with two counts of theft at Centra, Main St, Drumshanbo and Cara Pharmacy, High St, Drumshanbo on Wednesday last, August 10.

Mr White was also facing charges of assault and threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour in a a public place at Convent Avenue, Drumshanbo on Wednesday last.

The Court heard evidence of arrest, charge and caution from Garda Gregory McMahon. Gda McMahon said Mr White replied following caution, “I'm really sorry” in relation to three of the charges he was facing.

In relation to one of the charges of theft, Gda McMahon told the Court the defendant replied, “I'm really sorry. I have the money to pay for that in the house.”

Objecting to bail, Supt English stated, “Gardai received reports from a number of people including staff in Cara Pharmacy.”

The Court heard the defendant was self-harming in the pharmacy and the doors had to be locked after the defendant left the store as a result of the blood that had fallen onto the floor.

Supt English added “A lady and child were terrified,” adding one witness said the defendant was 'like a monster'.

Outlining his objection for bail being granted Superintendent English added, “I could line up 30 Gardai who would document incidents of being called to his residence as a result of self-harm.

“Many Gardai describe him as being out of his mind, that is a common theme. I can say without fear of contradiction this man is addicted to drugs.”

Defending solicitor Martin Burke applied for bail to be granted for the defendant saying, “I don't see how the charges are serious enough to refuse bail.

Mr Burke added, “He’s a very troubled man. Yesterday was a very bad day for him.”

Mr Burke continued, “He needs help. I ask that you give him the opportunity to get that help.”

On the subject of the defendant's alleged drug taking, Mr Burke stated, “He says he is not on drugs and is happy to undergo testing.”

Judge Alan Mitchell refused the application for bail and remanded the defendant in custody to appear before him in Harristown District Court the following morning.

When the case came before him last Friday morning in Harristown, Judge Mitchell remanded the defendant in custody to appear in Harristown District Court on August 26.