Gardai busy tackling crime at Oxegen gig in Naas

Paul O’Meara

Reporter:

Paul O’Meara

A 21 year County Cork man is expected to appear before Naas District Court on Thursday (Aug.8) having been detained and brought to a special court sitting on Sunday before Judge Patrick Clyne.

A 21 year County Cork man is expected to appear before Naas District Court on Thursday (Aug.8) having been detained and brought to a special court sitting on Sunday before Judge Patrick Clyne.

Durelle Furmedge, whose address was given as Ard Aoibheann, Cobh, faces two allegations of public order offences at the Oxegen concert today (Aug. 4).

He was remanded in custody with consent to bail.

Furmedge, who was granted free legal aid and was represented by solicitor Tony Hanahoe, told the court he had no money and could not afford to pay bail of €50.

However he will be released prior to Thursday if somebody pays this sum on his behalf at Cloverhill Prison.

If released, he must sign on at a garda station in Cork city three days a week, reside at the address he provided and abstain from alcohol.

Clearly under in the influence of some substance, he had no shoes and at one point lay back with only his dirty white stockinged feet visible hanging over the edge of the dock.

He leaned towards a microphone and attempted to sing, prompting the gardai to handcuff him.

He could be heard telling Mr. Hanahoe “I got arrested for f... all” before the brief hearing ended.

By early this afternoon some two dozen thefts or robberies had been reported to the gardai, mainly involving the loss of money, mobile phone, passports, wallets, clothing, and the wristbands which permit admission to the gig. Many of these items were taken from tents.

By 6pm today some 160 drugs cases were being processed and many of these are for possession of illegal substances, rather than having the drugs for sale or supply.

An estimated 15,000 tickets were sold for today’s events in addition to the 11,000 tickets which were sold yesterday (Saturday). In addition, there are about 8,000 revellers staying at the campsite in Punchestown.

In the region of 800 gardai are on duty for the music festival, which is due to end tonight.

They are augmented by many more security personnel on the site, many of them brought in from the UK for the three day duration.