28 May 2022

Judge warns Longford teenager on assault, criminal damage and public order charges to engage with probation services

Longford Courthouse.

A young Longford man has been strongly advised to engage with probation services or “face the most tremendous rigours of the law”

A young man before the courts charged with assault, criminal damage and public order charges has been warned to engage with probation services or “face the most tremendous rigours of the law”.

David Nevin (18) of 8 Camlin Meadows, Longford, was advised of the potential consequences awaiting him by his own solicitor at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court.

Frank Gearty said he would be seeking a short adjournment to speak with his client after he appeared in court to face a series of charges dating back over 18 months ago.

Among them included the alleged assault of a garda, public order and the possession of cannabis at Harbour View on June 23 2021.

Mr Nevin was also charged with a separate assault at St Mel’s Road, Longford town on November 13, 2020.

That incident, the court heard, involved a number of young males allegedly setting upon a man in the grounds of a nearby car park which left the victim with a cut lip and bruised eye.

The court was told an up to date probation report had been directed on January 18 in an order Mr Nevin had not adhered to.

Asked as to why the defendant had chosen not to engage with probation officers, Mr Nevin interjected, saying: “Yeah, but.”
Judge Bernadette Owens expressed her dismay at the response, remarking: “I don’t like to hear, ‘yeah, but’. That’s a bad start.”

Sgt Enda Daly, for the prosecution, said he harboured “concerns” about whether or not Mr Nevin would abide by the conditions imposed by the court.

“We are trying to help Mr Nevin and if he engaged with the probation services it would be the benefit to everyone.”

Sgt Daly also alluded to the supportive presence of Mr Nevin’s mother, who stood attentively beside her son throughout last Tuesday’s hearing.

He said Mr Nevin was very much at a “fork in the road” as regards to his future, expressing his hope the accused “understood and respected” the backing he was receiving from his mother.

Judge Owens took those submissions on board as she applauded the parental support Mr Nevin was in receipt of.

“Your mother has taken time to come to court today to support you,” she told Mr Nevin.

“And I am saying to your mother, the court is here to support her too.”

Mr Gearty acknowledged he was very much “cap in hand” as to what direction the court chose to take with his client, but pleaded for an adjournment on the matter.

He also indicated Mr Nevin was someone who suffered with ADHD, describing the young man’s mother as a “marvellous lady”.

Judge Owens acceded to Mr Gearty’s request and remanded Mr Nevin on continuing bail until a sitting of Longford District Court on April 26, 2022.

However, in doing so, she cautioned Mr Nevin that should he commit any offences in the interim, the State would have liberty to re-enter proceedings.

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