Man appears in court charged with false imprisonment of woman in Edgeworthstown

Longford court house.
A man has appeared in court charged in connection with the false imprisonment of a woman in Edgeworthstown at the weekend.

A man has appeared in court charged in connection with the false imprisonment of a woman in Edgeworthstown at the weekend.

Peter Donoghue (26), 43 Ardleigh Park, Mullingar, Westmeath was charged with the alleged offence at 20 Mostrim Oaks, Edgeworthstown on November 7.

Sergeant Tom Quinn gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution of the defendant at a sitting of Longford District Court on Monday.

He said Mr Donoghue made no reply to the charge when it was put to him.

Sgt Quinn said it was the State’s application to remand Mr Donoghue in custody to a sitting of Harristown District Court on Friday.

Defence solicitor Luie Kiernan said he had been instructed by his client to seek bail.

Sgt Quinn, however, replied, saying gardaí had “grave concerns” for the safety of the main witness.

“She has gone through a torrid affair over the last few days,” he said.

He added that gardaí had gathered together substantial evidence in relation to the alleged offence by taking statements from the injured party.

These, he said, had been corroborated by at least two further witnesses with CCTV footage having also been viewed.

Sgt Quinn added that forensic evidence in relation to the case had also been gathered, including footprints taken from the alleged scene which would make up a further part of the State’s case.

He also said the State would be opposing any application for bail due to the serious nature of the charge which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

He went on to reveal that a car that had been allegedly used in the reported incident had yet to be located as part of the investigation.

Judge Hughes consequently said he would be refusing bail given the “overwhelming case” which had been made by gardaí.

He subsequently remanded the defendant in custody to appear back before a sitting of Harristown District Court on Friday.