A man charged in connection with a violent carjacking, in which he allegedly struck a woman across the head with a crutch, lashed out in court yesterday and told gardaí and prison officers, “I’ll kill the whole lot of ye bastards.”
Ray McDonagh appeared before Limerick District Court, charged with assault causing harm to a woman on June 12, and with stealing the woman’s car on the same date.
Yesterday, as his case was being heard, Mr McDonagh complained he no longer wished to physically appear before court while his case was awaiting directions from the DPP.
The accused indicated he would prefer to appear before the court via video link.
He told presiding judge, Mary Larkin: “I don’t want to be in this place.”
A few minutes after he was remanded via video link to a later date, Mr McDonagh re-emerged in the court body, looking to speak to the judge.
As gardaí and prison officers attempted to remove him, Mr McDonagh shouted out: “I’ll kill the whole lot of ye bastards.” As he was tackled further by additional gardaí and prison officers, he shouted: “Bastards, the whole lot of ye.”
Mr McDonagh is charged with striking a woman and stealing her car, with the woman still in the vehicle.
The woman was let out of the car after “pleading” with Mr McDonagh to let her out, gardaí told an earlier bail hearing.
After he was charged Mr McDonagh allegedly told gardaí: “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to do it.”
The vehicle was found 12 hours later submerged in water at Seafield, Quilty, Co Clare. Mr McDonagh was arrested afterwards in Limerick City.
Mr McDonagh cried throughout the bail hearing, prompting Judge Larkin to scold him, “Behave like an adult,” she said, addressing the accused.
“You’re like a 16-year old who got caught with his hands in the cookie jar. Now, pull yourself together.”
After Mr McDonagh continued sobbing, the judge told him: “I can assure you, your crying doesn’t cut any mustard in my court.”
Yesterday, Sgt Donal Cronin, prosecuting, told the court “new charges” may be brought in relation to the same alleged incident.
Judge Larkin remanded Mr McDonagh in custody, to appear before Limerick District Court again on July 5.
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