Gardaí investigating the identity of a man who was remanded in custody for more than a month was released from custody yesterday as they confirmed that the identity which he supplied was correct.
Sergeant John Kelleher said the defendant who was required to carry a passport or suitable identity papers under the Immigration Act had only produced a UK provisional licence and this did not satisfy the requirements under the legislation.
“We are now satisfied with his identity following enquiries with UK authorities. He was an asylum seeker in the UK and he left the UK for Ireland. There is consent to bail on strict conditions,” Sgt. Kelleher said.
Those conditions require him to present himself at the Immigration section of Angelsea Street garda station at noon on Monday October 5, reside at 49 Orchard Court, Blackpool, Cork, keep a curfew to be home between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. and sign on at Mayfield garda station each Saturday.
Defence solicitor Maire O’Sullivan said the additional bail requirement to surrender his passport could not be adhered to as he had no passport. Judge Olann Kelleher then required the accused not to apply for a new passport.
The judge adjourned the case until Wednesday October 7 at Cork District Court.
Defendant Tchotchou Samo, who is in his mid-30s, is charged with engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour at Berwick Lane, Blackpool, Cork, on August 24.
He is also charged with resisting Detective Garda Mark O’Mahony in the execution of his duty at the same date and place.
The third charge against Tchotchou Samo is one of failing to produce a passport or identification papers to Det. Garda O’Mahony as required of a non-national under immigration law.