Sunday 17 February 2019

Man remanded in custody after garda hurt in stab attack

Niall Alvey appeared before a special sitting of Galway District Court
Niall Alvey appeared before a special sitting of Galway District Court

A man has been remanded in custody in relation to an incident in which a garda suffered stab wounds.

Niall Alvey (33), of Gleann Dara, Rahoon, Co Galway, appeared before a special sitting of Galway District Court last night.

In court, Sergeant Fergus Gaughan gave evidence of arresting Mr Alvey at Renville, Oranmore, Galway, at 12.10pm yesterday.

He told Judge Gerard Furlong that he charged Mr Alvey at 7.30pm at Galway Garda Station.

Sgt Gaughan said that the defendant made no reply to the charge.

Mr Alvey is charged with assault causing harm to a garda, who is a member of the armed Regional Support Unit based at Salthill.

The officer was taken to University College Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening lacerations.

The defendant, dressed in a blue T-shirt and tracksuit leggings, did not speak during the brief hearing.

Inspector Karen Moloney applied to have Mr Alvey remanded in custody to Galway District Court until next Wednesday, May 9, and told Judge Furlong that there would be opposition to bail.

Judge Furlong granted free legal aid.

Defending solicitor Valerie Corcoran said she had concerns that her client might not be able to receive the necessary psychiatric care at Castlerea Prison.

Ms Corcoran urged that he be transferred immediately to a facility which would be able to provide immediate care.

She said that she had not been able to engage with her client to establish fitness to plead.

Judge Furlong requested any necessary transfer within the prison service to be considered to enable immediate assessment of the defendant, which would facilitate a report on fitness to plead to be prepared for the return date.

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