Man appears in court over child ‘abduction’ in Finglas

by Dublin Gazette
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A man in his twenties appeared in court on Tuesday, following the alleged abduction of a child in Finglas.

Community Gardai were patrolling the locality on Monday evening at around 7:30pm when they observed a suspicious car and attempted to stop the vehicle.

However, the driver of the gold-coloured Ford Focus continued driving, leading to gardai from the K District Community Action Team following the vehicle to Kippure Park, where two male occupants of the car fled the scene on foot.

They were then pursued by Gardai, with a male in his twenties being apprehended and subsequently charged.

During a search of the vehicle by an armed garda, a 14-year-old male was found in the boot of the car. It is suspected that the teen was abducted by the other occupants of the car.

There has been an ongoing feud in the area, as well as anti-social behaviour, with gardai still trying to determine the motive for the alleged abduction of the teen.

It is understood that gardai are searching for three other men in relation to the incident.

On Tuesday, the apprehended male – named as Shane Daly of Hazelcroft Park in Finglas – was charged with dangerous driving in relation to the investigation.

He appeared before Blanchardstown District Court whilst a file was prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to further offences.

Daly was released on bail; however, Garda Sergeant Geraldine McManigan asked that Daly would have to obey an 11pm to 6am curfew, reside at his current address, and sign on at his local Garda station for three days a week, with Judge David McHugh agreeing the terms.

Garda Sergeant McManigan told the court there was one charge against Daly, but added that there may be potential further charges.

The defence barrister applied for free legal aid. She said her client was unemployed and she could provide a statement of his means.

However, Garda Sergeant McManigan objected to this, saying that An Garda Siochana understood that Daly was currently in employment.

Judge David McHugh deferred ruling on the legal aid request and said it would be handled at the next hearing on July 2.

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