‘Stolen €180,000 jeep crashed through barrier’

A PORSCHE jeep worth €180,000 that was stolen in Kinsale at the weekend was crashed through a security barrier at Cork Airport in an attempt to get away from pursuing gardaí, it was claimed in court yesterday.

Detective Garda Maurice Downey told Cork District Court that a garda holding onto the Dublin-registered 2003 vehicle was dragged eight to 10 feet. He said that the jeep narrowly missed a head-on collision with another vehicle and was eventually driven through a security barrier.

It is alleged the vehicle was stolen on Saturday night/Sunday morning and parked at Cork Airport, where it was picked up at 9.40pm on Sunday.

John Foley, aged 25, from 86 Glenamoy Lawn, Mayfield, Cork, was charged with driving the stolen vehicle and allowing himself to be carried as a passenger in it at Cork Airport on October 12.

Judge Uinsin MacGruairc refused a bail application made by solicitor Frank Buttimer and remanded Foley in custody for a week. Detective Superintendent Tony Quilter was in court to object to bail being granted.

Later yesterday, a second man, Michael Foley, aged 28, a brother of the other defendant, was brought before Cork District Court, following his arrest at his home in 57 Belgard Downes, Rochestown, Cork.

He was charged with taking possession of the stolen car and driving it at Cork Airport. He made no application for bail and Judge Uinsin MacGruairc remanded him in custody until tomorrow at Cork District Court.

During the bail application by John Foley, Detective Sergeant Downey said: “It is amazing that a member of the public or a member of An Garda Síochána was not seriously injured or even killed as a result of what happened.”

It was alleged that John Foley ran through the car park of Cork Airport, attempted to climb a perimeter fence and kicked Detective Sergeant Downey twice in the face.

Judge Uinsin MacGruairc stressed in court that all of the evidence given by gardaí was in the nature of allegations and that the defendant who was arrested had to be presumed innocent.

Mr Buttimer suggested to Detective Superintendent Quilter that he was in court only to give weight to the State’s objection to bail. Detective Superintendent Quilter said he did not come to court to object to bail in every case, but said he was leading the investigation in the matter before the court.

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