Tony Delaney yesterday appeared at Cork District Court in a wheelchair, with plaster cast on both his legs from below the knees to feet. He applied for bail.
Sgt John Sheehy said he and his colleagues went to the home of Mr Delaney on June 9 at 21, Foyle Avenue, Knocknaheeny, Cork, to arrest him for failing to appear in court to face charges that included having house-breaking implements in his possession and causing criminal damage to a car.
Gardaí went upstairs and Delaney opened a window and jumped out onto the drive below . He broke both legs and had to be taken by ambulance to hospital where he remained until yesterday. He has since had surgery.
Applying for bail, defence solicitor, Frank Buttimer said there was no issue with any of the evidence from Sgt Sheehy. “It is quite clear Mr Delaney had absolutely no intention at the time of attending court and did attempt to flee the house by jumping out the window to get away from the guards, being highly irresponsible not only for his own safety but also failing to honour his commitment to come to court,” Mr Buttimer said.
The solicitor said he did not want to take advantage of the defendant’s physical state or the difficulties the prison service might have in accommodating him, in advancing a bail application but he added, “It would be highly unlikely to be able to evade gardaí now.”
Judge Leo Malone granted him bail to appear at Cork District Court tomorrow.