A solicitor in Donegal has branded delays from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as a ‘thundering shame’.
Mr Patsy Gallagher was talking whereas addressing Letterkenny District Court docket on Thursday throughout a case involving Matthew Lafferty, who he represents.
Lafferty, a 35-year-old with an deal with at Calhame, Letterkenny, is charged with assault inflicting hurt to Michael Mawhinney at Tesco automobile park in Letterkenny on July 12 final.
The accused has been remanded in custody since he first appeared in court docket on July 13.
When the case was beforehand heard, Mr Gallagher had mentioned on the delays: “You possibly can draw a line from Dublin to Galway and neglect about above it. That’s the fact.”
On Thursday, Garda Sergeant Gerard Dalton knowledgeable the court docket that instructions weren’t but out there.
“The investigation file is accomplished and it’s with a directing officer,” Sergeant Dalton mentioned. “It was marked pressing and it was moved on. I do consider that we’ll have instructions subsequent week.”
Mr Gallagher requested that the case be marked peremptory towards the State.
“Whereas we are able to’t predetermine the DPP’s view on it, it’s a thundering shame that we don’t have instructions,” Mr Gallagher mentioned. “It has been indicated all alongside what method that is going and there’s no rhyme nor purpose why we don’t have instructions. The fault lies in Dublin, not with the sergeant or the native gardai and my consumer has been in custody for six weeks.
Choose Ciaran Liddy adjourned the matter till this Thursday, August 31, and remanded Lafferty in custody. Choose Liddy didn’t mark the case peremptory towards the State, however famous that an utility was made.
A earlier court docket sitting heard that Lafferty has 14 earlier convictions and there had been 15 bench warrants for him since 2007.
On that event, Choose Éiteáin Cunningham refused bail, saying that the prosecution had established a case concerning the probability of Lafferty reoffending and the doable interference with witnesses.
Donegal solicitor manufacturers DPP delays as “thundering shame” was final modified: August twenty eighth, 2023 by