A Dublin man arrested in relation to theft and the vandalising of 19 cars parked at Roonagh Pier near Louisburgh last week is on High Court bail awaiting a retrial for the murder of a man in 2007.
Bryan Ryan with an address at Culleens, Killsallagh, Louisburgh, was remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District Court on January 6 after he was charged with the unauthorised taking of a vehicle from Roonagh Pier on Tuesday morning last, December 13. He also faces the possibility of being charged with up to 19 other charges of criminal damage and arson.
The cars were broken into and wrecked during the early hours of Tuesday morning. One car was stolen and later burnt out. The night was particularly stormy, and the owners of the cars were stranded on Clare Island by high seas.
Mr Ryan was arrested on December 13 at 12.29pm. When he was charged, he replied ‘I apologise, I am sorry’.
Mr Ryan appeared before Belmullet District Court last Wednesday, where it was revealed that he is currently on High Court bail awaiting a retrial for the murder of a 25-year-old father of two.
Mr Ryan (26) was jailed for life in 2008 by Mr Justice Barry White at the Central Criminal Court after a majority jury verdict convicted him of the murder of Ian Tobin in Blanchardstown, Dublin, on May 27, 2007.
By a 10-2 majority, the jury found Mr Ryan had participated in a joint enterprise by driving a gunman to the scene of the murder on a stolen motorcycle and driving him away afterwards and subsequently burning the motorcycle.
Mr Tobin (25) died after being shot while attending a house party. The Director of Public Prosecutions claimed he was not the intended victim.
Mr Ryan who had an address at Sheepmore Crescent, Blanchardstown, had denied the charge and appealed against his conviction on several grounds.
Last March, the Court of Criminal Appeal quashed Mr Ryan’s conviction after it was ruled unsafe because of the failure of the trial judge to properly warn the jury concerning corroboration of evidence of a key prosecution witness who was in a witness protection programme.