Corkman in court over alleged carjacking

A 23-year-old Corkman was brought before Cork District Court yesterday on charges to related an alleged carjacking in North Cork.

It was widely reported this week that a woman came across a man standing at the side of the road and stopped to see if he needed assistance and that he produced what was described as a knife and dragged the woman from her car before driving away.

Yesterday, Vincent Morey, originally from Gurranabaher but who was recently living in Bweeng, North Cork, appeared before Cork District Court.

Det Garda Mick Dolan testified yesterday that he formally arrested Mr Morey at 9pm on Wednesday, charged him, and cautioned him. He said that Mr Morey made no reply to any of the charges.

Insp Mary King applied to have Mr Morey remanded in custody for one week until January 21.

Defence solicitor Diarmuid Kelleher, was appointed to represent Mr Morey on free legal aid after Judge Con O’Leary was told the accused was unemployed and dependent on social welfare.

Mr Kelleher said there was no application for bail on the charges.

The charges brought against Mr Morey are that he took control of a woman’s car by threat of force at Grenagh Village; produced a screwdriver that would intimidate a person; drove a car without permission of the owner; and stole property from four cars parked in the in the Grenagh/Bweeng area on January 13.

Judge Con O’Leary remanded the accused man in custody to appear before Cork District Court again on January 21.

Insp King said the appearance in court by the accused on that date could be by way of video link from prison to the courtroom.

Mr Kelleher said the accused had no objection to appearing by video link rather than in person.

The items allegedly stolen from the four parked cars included electrical devices, handbags and a screwdriver.


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