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Youths involved in Ballinrobe standoff under curfew


TWO males who were involved in an altercation with gardaí in Ballinrobe that became ‘volatile’ are now under curfew as part of bail conditions.
John Cleary of 20, Lough Mask, Ballinrobe and Michael Maughan of 60, Chestnut Grove, Castlebar appeared before Claremorris District Court (sitting in Castlebar) charged with violent disorder.
Sergeant Helena Hastings told the court that gardaí attended New Estate, Lough Mask, Ballinrobe and called for a tow truck to remove a car which they believed to be stolen.
Four youths came out from a house in the estate and produced weapons, and the situation became ‘volatile’ according to Sgt Hastings.
Gardaí and the recovery truck driver had to leave the scene as a result of the youths’ behaviour.
Mr Cleary and Maughan were both arrested on December 4 to appear in court and the court heard that two other males involved in the alleged incident were yet to be located.
Judge Mary Devins put the matter back to January 16, 2018, to decide jurisdiction and for further instructions. Both males were remanded on continuing bail under certain bail conditions, including to obey a nightly curfew from 10pm to 8am, abstain from alcohol and drugs, provide a phone number to gardaí and be contactable on same and sign on at their local garda stations three times weekly.

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