Two men charged with couple’s false imprisonment

Dan Collins

Gerard Clarke, aged 37, a part-time painter from Upper John Street, Cork, was charged, on two counts, with falsely imprisoning Katie and Gary O’Donovan at 7, Dewberry, Mount Oval Village, Rochestown on May 2/3 last. He was also charged with possession of six rounds of .45 caliber ammunition and faced a second charge of possession of a Colt 45 with intent to commit an indictable offence, false imprisonment.

Edward Gaffey, aged 33, from Dundalk, Co Louth, who is earning 200 per week on a FÁS ‘start your own business’ course, was charged with the same four offences before Judge Uinsin MacGruairc. Solicitors acting for the two men applied for free legal aid. No application for bail was made and both men were remanded to appear before Cork District Court today at 10.30am.

Gardaí are still questioning a third man who was arrested in Dublin at lunchtime on Tuesday in relation to the incident.

Mr O’Donovan required treatment in Cork University Hospital for a head wound and was later discharged. His wife, who is six months pregnant, was unharmed and the couple’s four children slept through the ordeal.

The man who was arrested in Dublin, had escaped from Crumlin Road prison in Belfast shortly after his conviction in 1981 for unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition and false imprisonment.

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