A 29-year-old homeless man has been charged with digging up footpaths in three areas of Cork city.
This follows an investigation where a number of sections of pavement in Cork city were allegedly found dug up and covered with cut flowers earlier this month.
No details of the case were given in court when the case against Eric Geaney, 29, of no fixed address was called. Because of reduced numbers required to attend court due to Covid-19 restrictions, the defendant was not present for the case.
The charges against him all related to a period between April 11 and April 12. The first charge states that unlawful damage was caused by the digging up of pavement at St. Peter and St. Paul Place, off Paul Street, Cork. The second and third charges refer to similar allegations in relation to locations at Paul Street and Lavitt’s Quay.
Judge Olann Kelleher remanded the accused on bail for the case to be called again on May 27. The adjournment was on the application of Sergeant Gearóid Davis who said directions were being sought from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Cork City Council street cleaning staff made the discovery early on the morning of April 12 when they found paving stones had been removed at locations on Paul Street, St Peter and Paul Place and Lavitt’s Quay.
Dozens of paving stones had removed at each of the locations and neatly stacked nearby with whoever removed the stones scattering cut flowers and greenery in their place to cover the spaces.
Cork City Council reported the matter to An Garda Siochana who began an investigation and began harvesting CCTV covering the locations.