Man in court for attack in laneway

A MAN who left a betting shop with €250 in his wallet was attacked and robbed in a nearby laneway, a court heard yesterday.

A man arrested in relation to Thursday’s robbery charge was refused bail in Cork District Court.

William Joseph O’Brien of 23 Dunmore Gardens, Knocknaheeny, Cork, was charged with the robbery of a wallet containing €250 and a mobile phone from John Boland at Widderling’s Lane, Pope’s Quay, Cork.

Garda Noel Howley who arrested and charged O’Brien, aged 23, objected to bail based on the seriousness of the charge and other grounds.

It was stated by Garda Howley that Mr Boland, a young man, was viciously assaulted and robbed in the lane and that three men were involved in the attack.

Garda Howley also expressed the belief that, if granted bail, O’Brien would abscond to Cardiff, where he normally resides with other family members.

“It is alleged that Mr O’Brien with two others followed the alleged injured party from Ladbrokes on Shandon Street and knocked him to the ground on Widderling’s Lane, where he was kicked and punched,” Garda Howley said.

Judge David Riordan refused the application for bail by solicitor Frank Buttimer.

Inspector Michael McGuire said it would be alleged the defendant was caught fleeing from the scene.

O’Brien said: “If I do not turn up, I know I will be caught and remanded straight away so I will keep with bail conditions. I won’t leave Ireland again, my mother has moved back here.” He rejected a suggestion he was a habitual user of soft drugs. The accused said he drank occasionally but did not take drugs.


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