Thursday 18 July 2019

'Specialist armed gardai needed for arrest', court told

Thomas Doyle was arrested by armed gardai on Wednesday
Thomas Doyle was arrested by armed gardai on Wednesday

A Dublin man who had to be arrested by "specialist trained armed gardai" when executing warrants has been remanded in custody after being charged with a litany of alleged crimes.

Thomas Doyle (24), of Cashel Avenue in Crumlin, appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday charged with 15 offences, including resisting arrest and criminal damage.

Evidence was given that Mr Doyle attempted to evade gardai who were trying to detain him on Wednesday evening, and that a "violent incident" occurred as officers arrested him.

Gardai had attempted to arrest him on Tuesday but he successfully evaded them, the court heard.


Gda Micheal Muldoon, of Sundrive Road Garda Station, gave evidence that he arrested Doyle on foot of a bench warrant at 9.40pm on Wednesday in Cashel Avenue. A total of four warrants were executed.

Gda Muldoon said Doyle made no reply to each of the 15 charges put to him.

He is charged with criminal damage, resisting or obstructing a peace officer, threatening and abusive behaviour, entering a building with intent to commit an offence and failing to appear in court.

He is also facing a number of road traffic charges including dangerous driving, having no insurance, driving without a licence, failure to produce a licence and failure to produce an insurance cert.

Objecting to the accused receiving bail, Gda Muldoon said that Mr Doyle attempted to evade arrest on a number of occasions.

"On August 8, 2018 he actively attempted to evade arrest. He fled to the rear of (his) premises and gardai pursued him. He was apprehended following a foot chase," he told the court.

"When apprehended, the accused actively resisted arrests and attempted to physically resist all attempts at arrest.

"It should be noted that on Tuesday morning, gardai at Sundrive Road were aware that the accused was driving a vehicle while serving a driving ban, and he again actively took steps to evade gardai. Following a short pursuit, he again tried to flee into his home."

Gda Muldoon told the court that Mr Doyle had 12 warrants over the last number of years - including four this year alone and another four in 2017.

The garda added that there are fears Thomas Doyle will continue to evade arrest if granted bail by the court.

"Judge, if given bail my own belief is that the accused will actively attempt to evade arrest and will not appear before the court," he said.


"Any attempt to execute these warrants need assistance from specially trained armed members of An Garda Siochana due to previous incidents."

Defence counsel for Mr Doyle argued that his client had no previous convictions for violent crimes and that his mother was present in court with €500 lodgement bail.

Judge Bernadette Owens refused bail, citing Doyle's warrant history and evidence of attempting to escape arrest.

He was remanded in custody to appear before the district court on Thursday next week.

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