Leitrim man charged with assault

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A Leitrim native has been remanded in custody after he was charged with three offences when he appeared before a special sitting of Bandon District Court, Co Cork at the weekend.

A Leitrim native has been remanded in custody after he was charged with three offences when he appeared before a special sitting of Bandon District Court, Co Cork at the weekend.

Derek Harvey, a native of the county but with an address at Flat 1, Market Place, Kinsale, was charged with falsely imprisoning a woman, assaulting her causing her harm, and threatening to kill her or cause her serious harm at an address in Kinsale, Co Cork on September 12.

The victim is a female in her 30s, not originally from Ireland.

Detective Garda Eilis Murphy gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution and told the special sitting of the court that Mr Harvey made no reply to any of the three charges when they were put to him after caution.

Judge Terence Finn was told that gardai were objecting to Harvey being granted bail.

Inspector Brendan Fogarty said that Gardaí were objecting to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the charges.

Inspector Fogarty said that he was also objecting to bail on the grounds that he was concerned about the possibility of Mr Harvey seeking to interfere with witnesses in the case.

Defence solicitor, Diarmuid O’Shea said that his client was willing to reside at his family home in Co Leitrim, surrender his passport and abide by any conditions set by the court if granted bail.

However Judge Terence Finn noted the Garda objections and said he was not willing to grant bail given the seriousness of the charges.

He remanded Derek Harvey in custody to appear again at Bandon District Court on Friday, September 20.