A 50-year-old man accused of throwing a concrete block through the window of a Cork city centre pub was only in custody because €100 had not been lodged for his release.
Rodney Haynes, 50, who is presently living with Cork Simon Community, complained through his solicitor, Michael Quinlan, at Cork District Court that he was not being released from Cork Prison under the terms of his High Court bail.
However, Mr Quinlan said following a brief adjournment at Cork District Court that it had been clarified with the prison service that €100 bail money had to be lodged at Cork Prison to have Haynes released and that up that point nobody had lodged this amount.
Judge Olann Kelleher said it was important that the matter in relation to the defendant’s detention was clarified.
Haynes was remanded in custody with consent to High Court bail to appear again at Cork District Court on April 1.
Directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions are still awaited on some matters against Haynes.
When originally charged with burgling the pub it was alleged that the culprit did some drinking when he was in the pub in the early hours of the morning and took a few bottles of spirits with him when he left.
Garda Mairéad O’Sullivan said the concrete block was put through the window of the pub in the early hours of November 8 2019 when the premises was unoccupied.
As well as damage caused by the block being put through the window, Garda O’Sullivan alleged that further damage was caused to electronic cash registers on the counter, the total damage amounting to over €800.
It was alleged that CCTV footage showed a man drinking in the premises in the course of the burglary and taking alcohol away with him when he left.
He is charged with burglary at The Linen Weaver, Carey’s Lane, Cork. The charge states that on November 18 he entered the building as a trespasser and committed the offence of theft.
The second charge under the Criminal Damage Act is one of causing damage to five electronic cash registers to the value of €225 and damage to glazing of €625.