20 May 2022

Longford man accused of assaulting three gardaí warned to engage with probation services

Longford Courthouse.

A judge has warned a Longford man before the courts on a string of alleged offences to engage with probation services

A man before the court on a litany of public order, assault, trespass and criminal damage charges has had his case put back to allow further engagement with probation services.

Marcin Rosada (30), of 6 Oaklands Dale, Longford, appeared in custody before Judge Bernadette Owens at Longford District Court last week.

Sgt Enda Daly, for the state, said that Gardaí were reluctant to grant bail as there were serious concerns that he would reoffend.

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“He has an obvious need of serious help. I’d suggest a very, very short remand. The probation officer suggests two weeks but I’d still want very strict conditions on that. He committed an offence within days of being released on bail previously,” said Sgt Daly.

Mr Rosada is charged with a number of offences which took place in 2021. On February 18, 2021, it is alleged that he assaulted three Gardaí, resisted arrest, section 3 assault and possession of a scissors as a weapon.

On December 18, 2021, it is alleged that Mr Rosada trespassed on the curtilage of a property, causing fear in another person. He is also charged with engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour on the same date.

Soon after that, on December 26, 2021, at his rented home, Mr Rosada allegedly caused extensive damage to the staircase, a radiator, door and window handles, the dining room chairs and a bed belonging to a housemate, as well as extensive water damage in the house.

On the same date, he caused damage to a bicycle, a Playstation 4 and a television belonging to another resident at the house.

Furthermore, on January 24, 2022, Mr Rosada is charged with intoxication in a public place and trespassing on the property of a Longford town business.

“I am concerned that the probation report doesn’t reflect that he has pleaded to these offences on a full facts basis,” said Judge Owens at last week’s court sitting.

“Another issue I’m concerned about is if this matter goes back to give the opportunity to get further engagement with probation services, there will be liberty to re-enter if the probation officer is in any sort of position to be compromised with Mr Rosada’s behaviour.

“If there’s any threat whatsoever to the probation officer, these issues can be reentered.”

Judge Owens fixed bail with strict conditions including that he take his prescribed medication under the supervision of his brother; that he engage with local community mental health services; engage with local alcohol addiction services; engage fully with the probation service and follow all directions.

She also imposed a curfew of 9pm to 7am and ordered him to stay at his brother’s address, stressing that Gardaí “are at liberty to check and liberty to re-enter”.

“I’m extending bail for the new charges that he’s currently in custody on and extending legal aid to cover an interpreter for probation services,” she said.

“If the probation officer tells me you’re not engaging with probation services, that will be of huge concern to me as to how I’ll deal with this case.”

Mr Rosada is due to reappear on February 22, 2022.

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