Accused ‘threw mirror, gas cylinder at gardaí’

Bernard Ring. Picture: Denis Minihane

A gas cylinder and a mirror were thrown on top of armed gardaí during a hostage situation at a house in Cork and a threat was made to throw a 25kg dumbbell down a stairs, it was alleged yesterday.

Detective Garda Malcolm Walsh arrested Bernard Ring, aged 28, of 122 Kilbarry Place, Farranree, Cork, and charged him yesterday morning and brought him before Cork District Court later in the afternoon on false imprisonment charges.

Det Garda Walsh said the prosecution was opposed to bail being granted to the accused because of the seriousness of alleged incident at the house on St Mary’s Avenue, Gurranbraher, early yesterday.

“It is alleged that he held his mother and her partner hostage at St Mary’s Avenue, and that the front door was barricaded.

“It is alleged that he made threats that he was not going to be taken alive.

“A decision was made for armed gardaí to search the residence. He stood at the top of the stairs and refused to comply with garda directions to come down.

“He is alleged to have thrown a gas cylinder on top of a member of the armed unit.”

His mother appeared and she had blood stains and cuts to her head. She said her partner had been badly assaulted.

“He threatened to throw a 25kg dumbbell down on top of gardaí. It is alleged he threw a glass mirror on top of gardaí,” Det Garda Walsh said.

Taser and pepper spray had to be used in order to effect the arrest, the detective said.

Mr Ring told his solicitor in the court yesterday that he would definitely show up to face trial and would adhere to any bail conditions.

Insp Ronan Kenneally said the allegations were too serious, and the gardaí were concerned Mr Ring would return to the house if granted bail.

Judge Olann Kelleher said: “There is a constitutional right to bail in normal circumstances but these were not normal circumstances.”

Bail was refused and Mr Ring was remanded in custody until tomorrow.

Mr Ring is accused of three counts, namely producing a dumbbell, mirror, and gas cylinder, in the course of a false imprisonment.


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