April 21, 2024

A solicitor in Donegal has branded delays from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as a ‘thundering shame’.

Mr Patsy Gallagher was talking whereas addressing Letterkenny District Court docket on Thursday throughout a case involving Matthew Lafferty, who he represents.

Lafferty, a 35-year-old with an handle at Calhame, Letterkenny, is charged with assault inflicting hurt to Michael Mawhinney at Tesco automotive park in Letterkenny on July 12 final.

The accused has been remanded in custody since he first appeared in courtroom on July 13.

When the case was beforehand heard, Mr Gallagher had stated on the delays: “You may draw a line from Dublin to Galway and overlook about above it. That’s the fact.”

On Thursday, Garda Sergeant Gerard Dalton knowledgeable the courtroom that instructions weren’t but accessible.

“The investigation file is accomplished and it’s with a directing officer,” Sergeant Dalton stated. “It was marked pressing and it was moved on. I do consider that we are going to have instructions subsequent week.”

Mr Gallagher requested that the case be marked peremptory in opposition to the State.

“Whereas we are able to’t predetermine the DPP’s view on it, it’s a thundering shame that we don’t have instructions,” Mr Gallagher stated. “It has been indicated all alongside what manner that is going and there’s no rhyme nor motive why we don’t have instructions. The fault lies in Dublin, not with the sergeant or the native gardai and my shopper has been in custody for six weeks.

Choose Ciaran Liddy adjourned the matter till this Thursday, August 31, and remanded Lafferty in custody. Choose Liddy didn’t mark the case peremptory in opposition to the State, however famous that an utility was made.

A earlier courtroom sitting heard that Lafferty has 14 earlier convictions and there had been 15 bench warrants for him since 2007.

On that event, Choose Éiteáin Cunningham refused bail, saying that the prosecution had established a case relating to the probability of Lafferty reoffending and the potential interference with witnesses.

Donegal solicitor manufacturers DPP delays as “thundering shame” was final modified: August twenty eighth, 2023 by Employees Author