A detective garda arrested and charged them at Cork District Court. Inspector Bill Duane said the DPP had directed the cases could be dealt with summarily at Cork District Court.
Judge Leo Malone refused jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level, saying it was not a minor matter in view of the allegation there was such damage. The cases were adjourned until May 6 to allow time for preparation and service of books of evidence. All four teenagers were remanded on continuing bail.
The four accused, all from Mahon, are Graham O’Callaghan, aged 19, of 16, Nutley Avenue; Mercedes O’Callaghan, aged 18, of 27, Lough- mahon Road; Darren O’Reilly, aged 20, of 32, Ballinure Avenue and Seán O’Callaghan, aged 18, from 16, Nutley Avenue.
Each is charged, that on May 4, 2015, at Lakelands Bar, Mahon, Cork, they entered a building as a trespasser and committed the arrestable offence of causing criminal damage.
Insp Duane said, at the time, the Lakelands Bar had been closed for some months and had been boarded up, accessed to the rear via two large steel gates secured by padlocks. The amount of damage was put at €250,000.
“The injured party is at a huge financial loss, having secured agreement with a tenant to lease it for a period which was to begin in August 2015,” Insp Duane said.
Solicitors Diarmuid Kelleher and Eddie Burke were appointed on free legal aid for two each of the accused.