Cork man charged with stealing garda vehicle

Tuesday 24 May 2011 19.50
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Edmond Stapleton - Did not apply for bail
Edmond Stapleton - Did not apply for bail
Cork - Edmond Stapleton was arrested at airport on Sunday (Pic: John Peavoy)
Cork - Edmond Stapleton was arrested at airport on Sunday (Pic: John Peavoy)

A 37-year-old man has appeared in court charged with stealing a garda jeep on Patrick Street in Cork city centre on Sunday afternoon.

Edmond Stapleton, of no fixed address, but originally from Dublin Hill in Cork city, was charged at Togher Garda Station last night.

He also faces charges of threatening to harm Cork Airport employees John McCarthy and Michael Delaney while armed with a knife and taking their Toyota Land Cruiser.

Garda John McSweeney gave evidence of arresting and charging Mr Stapleton.

He told Cork District Court this morning that Mr Stapleton replied 'I understand completely' and 'I understand exactly what you are saying' when the charges were read to him.

Judge David Riordan remanded Mr Stapleton in custody for a week on the application of Garda Inspector Michael Maguire.

Solicitor Frank Buttimer told the court his client was not applying for bail and was consenting to the application.

Mr Stapleton was granted legal aid after Mr Buttimer told the court that he was unemployed, had no income and no property or assets.

Mr Stapleton confirmed this and complained during the hearing that he could not hear what was being said.

Garda McSweeney also told the court that he arrested Mr Stapleton this morning on foot of an arrest warrant.

The warrant was issued after he failed to turn up in court to face charges of possession and possession for sale or supply of cannabis and cocaine.

These offences are alleged to have occurred in Co Kildare in 2009.