Naas District Court hears paralysed man and his deaf father are stopped by Gardaí in Newbridge

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Naas District Court hears paralysed man and his deaf father are stopped by Gardaí in Newbridge
20:02 Saturday 16th of February 2019

A Naas Judge says that a man with 45 benchwarrants before the court is a record.

The 51-year-old with an address in Clondalkin, Dublin, was brought before Naas District Court, on Thursday, charged with being in possession of a screwdriver, hammer and wire-cutters,at Athgarvan Road, Newbridge, on February 13, 2019.

The court heard how the accused has 45 bench-warrants, some  dating back to 2004.

His son, who the court heard, was driving a modified car, while the accused was a passenger, on February 13, 2019, appeared in court, to assist his father, who he says is 'hard of hearing.'

The son told the court how he is paralysed from the chest down.

The accused's son, in a wheel-chair, due to an accident, told the court how his father has misplaced his hearing aids and does not understand sign language.

His son told the court how their solicitor did not turn up in court, so Conal Boyce was asked by Judge Zaidan to step in and provide representation.

Garda evidence outlined how at about 8.25pm, they came across a Skoda car that was 'driving in and out of industrial units.'

The Garda said that when they were asked what they were doing, the answer was 'looking for scrap metal.'

Garda evidence said that a screwdriver, pliers and a wire-cutter were found in the car.

The Gardaí allege that the implements were intended to carry out a burglary.

In court, the accused's son said that the implements belong to him and that he requires them to fix his wheelchair.

Judge Desmond Zaidan said: "I don't think I have come across such a history of bench-warrants."

Gardaí said that they were objecting to bail on the basis that he has such a history of bench-warrants.

Judge Zaidan said: "He is on the Champion League of bench-warrants."

Mr Boyce said that no formal application would be made for bail.

The accused has been remanded in custody until next Tuesday's court sitting in Naas.

Judge Zaidan directed that appropriate medical attention is given to the accused and for his 'specific hearing difficulty.'

Legal aid was granted.

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