NEW charges of endangering life were brought against a 28-year-old man today arising out of the investigation into an alleged series of dangerous driving incidents in North Cork two years ago.
Detective Sergeant Niall O’Connell brought 20 new charges against 28-year-old Andrew Cash of Portlaoise, County Offaly, at Cork District Court today.
The detective said most of the charges were for summary offences under the Road Traffic Act.
However, two of them were for engaging in behaviour that created a substantial risk of death or serious injury to others.
Those endangerment charges related to alleged incidents at Carhoo, Old Mallow Road, Cork, and at College Road in Carrignavar. Both charges relate to May 11, 2018. There was also a charge of causing criminal damage related to the same date at Old Mallow Road.
Det. Sgt. O’Connell said those three charges were to be added to the indictment together with two other charges brought previously against Andrew Cash, namely a criminal damage charge and a count of endangering the lives of two gardaí.
Those two charges state that on May 11, 2018 at Carhoo, Old Mallow Road, Cork, he caused criminal damage to a garda patrol vehicle and that on the same date and place he drove a black Saab in the direction of two gardaí seated in their marked patrol car and deliberately collided with this vehicle which created a substantial risk of death or serious harm.
No details of the alleged facts were given in court today.
Det. Sgt. O’Connell said that when the 20 new charges were brought against Cash today at the courthouse in Anglesea Street, the accused man made no reply to any of the charges.
Sgt. Gearóid Davis said a book of evidence had then been served on the defendant for a total of three counts of endangerment and two of causing criminal damage.
The case was sent forward to the present sessions of Cork Circuit Criminal Court for mention on Friday May 8.
Judge Olann Kelleher gave the accused the alibi warning whereby he must provide certain notices about witnesses to the state if he intends to rely on an alibi defence.
Defence solicitor, Eddie Burke, asked for free legal aid to be extended to one barrister for the case.
In respect of the 18 summary charges for offences related to driving and insurance they were adjourned to Cork District Court to be dealt with when the more serious matters are finalised in the circuit court.