Two brothers faced fresh charges yesterday arising out of the investigation of a reported false imprisonment at a house in Cork in September.

Inspector Vincent O’Sullivan said the that Director of Public Prosecutions had directed trial by indictment at Cork Circuit Criminal Court of Bernard Ring and Gavin Ring.

Detective Garda Malcolm Walsh formally arrested the brothers yesterday for the purpose of charging them.

One faces several charges, while the other is accused of a single offence.

Bernard Ring, aged 28, of 122 Kilbarry Place, Farranree, Cork, was previously facing three charges.

It was alleged that a gas cylinder and a mirror were thrown on top of armed gardaí during a hostage situation at the house in Cork and a threat was made to throw a 25kg dumbbell down a staircase.

Detective Garda Malcolm Walsh had charged him in September with three counts, namely producing a dumbbell, mirror and gas cylinder in the course of a false imprisonment.

Yesterday, Det Garda Walsh charged Bernard Ring with four more charges.

The charges are producing a knife during the alleged incident; assault causing harm to John Joe Nevin at 5 St Mary’s Ave, Gurranabraher; threatening to kill Mr Nevin, and falsely imprisoning the middle-aged man at this house.

When formally cautioned, Bernard Nevin replied: “I don’t know really what to say.” Solicitor Diarmuid Kelleher represented him on free legal aid on all seven charges and said there was no application for bail.

Judge Marie Keane remanded the accused in custody until December 22 on the application of Insp O’Sullivan, to allow time for the preparation and service of a book of evidence.

Co-accused Gavin Ring, 26, of 5 St Mary’s Avenue, Gurranabraher, Cork, previously faced a charge of assault causing harm to John Joe Nevin. This charge was withdrawn yesterday.

He was freshly charged with threatening to kill Mr Nevin on the same occasion. His reply after caution was “no”. He is to go forward from Cork District Court for trial by judge and jury.

He was represented by solicitor Frank Buttimer on free legal aid.

Judge Keane remanded Gavin Ring in custody until December 22 on the application of Insp O’Sullivan, to allow time for preparation and service of a book of evidence.

The various charges faced by the two defendants related to alleged incidents on September 20.


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