Anger as Trump visit stalls Cork burglary case

Anger as Trump visit stalls Cork burglary case
US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump 

A CORK man accused of burglary was not inclined to accept that he should have his trial delayed because the prosecuting garda was absent from court due to the visit of US president Donald Trump.

Brendan Colohan, of Apartment 2, 10 Frankfield Terrace, Douglas, was charged with burglary at Cathedral St, Cork, back on August 21, 2017, and the case was listed for trial yesterday.

Inspector James Hallahan said that, due to the visit of Mr Trump, the prosecuting garda had to be put on another duty and was not available to come to court.

Mr Coholan, who was represented by solicitor Michael Quinlan, decided to speak up for himself, saying: “Shouldn’t it be thrown out? This is the fifth time I was in court for this. If I wasn’t here there’d be a bench warrant for me. It is going on nearly two years. I am off drugs. I have done everything I was supposed to do.”

Judge O’Leary said it would be extremely embarrassing for the country if there was any injury to Mr Trump when he was in Ireland.

Coholan replied: “Is that my problem? I’ve been here five times. I don’t see why it shouldn’t be thrown out.”

Judge O’Leary said: “Life is unfair.”

The defendant said: “Life is unfair? Is that what you said?”

Judge O’Leary replied that it was.

The case was adjourned until September 10.

Up to 650 gardaí from Cork are being deployed to Clare for the visit of Mr Trump, while gardaí remaining in Cork are on 12-hour shifts.

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