Thursday 15 November 2018

Psychiatric concerns for firearms accused charged after eight-hour manhunt

Joseph Rafferty is remanded
Joseph Rafferty is remanded

The family of a man charged with hijacking and firearms offences following a garda pursuit on Monday has expressed concerns about his "psychiatric well-being".

Joseph Rafferty (37) is also facing robbery and aggravated burglary charges.

He was arrested on Monday afternoon following a series of incidents in west Dublin that sparked an eight-hour garda manhunt.

It is alleged that Mr Rafferty was armed with a sub-machine gun and seven rounds of ammunition at the time.

The accused did not make an application for bail.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy told Tallaght District Court that gardai and Mr Rafferty's family had expressed concerns about his "psychiatric well-being".

He asked the judge to recommend medical attention for the accused.

Judge Patricia McNamara remanded Mr Rafferty in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on November 2.

Judge McNamara recommended medical treatment for the accused.


She also asked Mr Hennessy to furnish a list of Mr Rafferty's medication to the prison authorities, which he said he would do.

Mr Rafferty, of Russell Place, Russell Square, Tallaght, is charged with three counts of possession of a sub-machine gun and seven rounds of 9mm ammunition.

He is also charged with hijacking a black Mercedes sports coupe at The Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght.

The accused is further charged with stealing a brand new Subaru Impreza, worth €26,500, from Carroll and Roche Motors, Newlands Road, Dublin.

He is also facing a charge of aggravated burglary at a house at Watergate estate, Tallaght.

All the incidents allegedly took place on Monday.

Detective Garda Nuala Burke said that the accused was arrested at 5.19pm on October 23 and he was later charged in her presence by Garda Fiachra Molloy.

Gda Burke said Mr Rafferty was handed a copy of the six charge sheets and he made no reply to the charges after caution.


Mr Hennessy said there was no application for bail.

The accused, who was unshaven and had a cut over his eye, was wearing a grey fleece and did not address the court during the short hearing,

Judge McNamara assigned Mr Hennessy on legal aid.

The judge remanded Mr Rafferty in custody to appear before videolink at Cloverhill court at 10am next Thursday.

Gda Burke said the Director of Public Prosecutions' directions remain outstanding on the charges.

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