A man who was the target of a shooting in the centre of Drogheda last week says he was forced to breach his bail conditions because he feared his life, the High Court heard today.
The man, who cannot be named to protect his identity, was shot at as he travelled in a taxi on Monday January 13. He told Ms Justice Eileen Creed today that his bail conditions left him feeling like a “sitting duck” for an attack. He was arrested on Sunday on hhe foot of a warrant and has been in custody since.
He was originally arrested last Spring and charged with an offence of criminal damage and possession of stolen property. He was released on bail in May. The court since last May, the man (20s) has breached his bail terms 41 times.
He told the court that since he was the target of the shooting on the Bridge of Peace last Monday he had been in hiding. He said he had subsequently missed several days of signing on at the garda station. A taxi driver was injured in the incident.
The man’s barrister argued that his client’s current bail conditions left him open to attack. It was said that gardai had advised him to vary his routine but the bail restrictions meant he was unable to do so. The judge was asked to change his bail conditions so the man follows a less strict routine. Strict conditions were set out when he was granted bail last year.
The conditions included that he must reside at a specific address, adhere to a curfew, sign on twice daily at the same Garda station and be available to the Garda by mobile phone.
Ms Justice Carroll chose to revoke the bail and the man was remanded in custody to appear before Drogheda District Court this Friday.