A CORK man remanded in custody for being one of four men who allegedly threatened a young woman she would be chopped in pieces and sent to her father, has been released from jail as it emerged that it will be at least three months before the case is heard.
Bail had been refused for 28-year-old man Stephen McCarthy, of Bay 10 Spring Lane halting site, Cork, on charges dating back to August 18, 2018, of engaging in a violent disorder and production of a weapon.
Frank Buttimer, defence solicitor, has now addressed Judge Olann Kelleher on the matter saying: “I think the state is satisfied to admit him to bail subject to conditions.”
Sergeant John Kelleher those conditions required the defendant to reside at Bay 10 of the Spring Lane halting site, keep a curfew to be home every night between 9pm and 6am, and have no contact direct or indirect with the complainant and her family.
He was also required to be contactable by gardaí on a mobile phone and stay out of the Mayfield area. Mr Buttimer said McCarthy would be pleading not guilty to the charges.
The case was adjourned with the accused now on bail until June 18. It is anticipated that the case will then be further adjourned if Coronavirus restrictions on courts are still in place, or a date will be fixed for a hearing of the case.
In the case it is alleged that McCarthy, aged 28, was one of four men who allegedly accosted a young woman and threatened that she would be cut up in pieces that would be sent to her father.
The court was told previously that it was alleged the 36-year-old woman was walking through Annalee Grove, Mayfield, Cork, on the afternoon of September 18 2018 when a car containing four men was driven by. It was alleged that they shouted abuse at the woman and then got out of the car and approached her.
“They were insulting her and threatening her that they would cut her up in pieces and send them to her father.
“They were in possession of various weapons. The injured party ran to a nearby house and hid in the garden, it was alleged,” Sgt. Gearóid Davis said.