Two men with addresses in Nurney appeared at Naas District Court this evening, Tuesday, July 2 after they were arrested as part of Operation Fiacla.
The pair, who were arrested following what Gardai allege was a high speed chase, were charged with handing stolen property including thousands of euro worth of cigarettes and with possession of various weapons such as sledgehammers, screwdrivers, nail bars and balaclavas.
The high speed chase ended soon after 5am am this morning on the Monread Road, Naas
As a result of the manner of their arrest, one of the men also faces a Dangerous Driving charge.
Judge John Coughlan heard evidence that neither man had made any reply when formally charged at Newbridge Garda Station later in the afternoon.
The older of the two men is Edward Connors, 38, whose address is listed as 7 Castleraven, Nurney. He will face the Driving charge.
The other arrested man is a juvenile and therefore cannot be identified.
Both men applied for bail but arresting Garda detectives Oliver Hackett and Ronan Cowley objected on the the basis of the seriousness of the charges and the possibility that the men would engage in criminal acitivities if released on bail.
The Gardai alleged that during the chase, both men had jumped from the car and tried to evade arrest.
Judge Coughlan agreed to give the juvenile bail, but ordered that he sign on at his nearest Garda station twice daily. He warned that if there was any breach, he would “enjoy revoking bail”.
On the other hand he refused bail to Mr. Connors.
Legal representatives applied for legal aid for both men, While the Judge didn’t refuse, given the nature of the alleged offences, he said he wanted to see full disclosure of their assets and a statement of means.
Mr. Connors claimed that he doesn’t have a bank account, but the Judge insisted.