Republican accused faces two more weeks in custody as case adjourned

Republican Pearse McCauley is facing a further two weeks in prison following a court appearance yesterday.

McCauley, aged 50, was remanded in custody to Castlerea Prison following his initial court appearance in Cavan on St Stephen’s Day.

He is facing four charges, including threatening to kill of cause serious harm to his wife, Pauline Tully McCauley, at Keelderry, Kilnaleck, Co Cavan, on Christmas Eve.

He is also charged with assaulting Ms Tully McCauley causing her harm on the same occasion.

In addition, he is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Ms Tully McCauley’s brother, Thomas Tully, and with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to a neighbour, Seamus Leddy. These offences are also alleged to have been committed on December 24.

Ms Tully McCauley, a secondary school teacher at Cavan Vocational School, stepped down from her role as a Sinn Féin county councillor in April 2012.

She had served for more than 10 years as a public representative, but made the decision to resign for work and family reasons. She is currently recovering from her injuries.

Pearse McCauley, from Castleforde, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, made a remand appearance before Judge Geoffrey Browne at Harristown District Court yesterday.

The court is the remand facility located within yards of the walls of Castlerea Prison in Roscommon. He was taken the short distance from the prison to the corridor outside the court where he waited with prison officers for his case to be called.

Solicitor Alan Gannon told the court he was acting as agent in the case for solicitors Eirinn McKiernan and Company.

Inspector Ollie Baker applied to Judge Browne to have Pearse McCauley remanded in continuing custody to appear again at Harristown District Court on January 16. The court was told that the defence was consenting to the application.

The hearing lasted less than a minute.

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