A 26-year-old woman was brought before Portlaoise District Court earlier today for refusing to leave a designated crime scene in Tullamore.
When the charge of Failing to Comply with Directions Under Section 5 of the Criminal Justice Act 2005 to leave a Designated crime scene at her address Neara Tanase (26) from 21 Cluain Darragh, Dangan Road, Tullamore said: “I have permission to stay silent and don’t wish to talk about it. There is no crime scene. I do not believe in this court.”
Judge Catherine Staines asked the defendant if she wished to avail of free legal aid?
Garda Sergeant JJ Kirby said that if bail was granted that he was looking for a condition to be attached that Ms Tanase stays away from her address.
Judge Staines again asked Ms Tanase: “Do you want me to appoint a solicitor for you?”
The Judge said she noted that the defendant did not answer that question adding: “If I can’t get a response I will have no option but to remand you in custody.”
The defendant replied: “I have the right to remain silent.”
Judge Staines asked: “Do you want to go to prison? You can avoid going to prison if you agree to that bail condition.”
Sgt. Kirby applied for Ms Tanase to be remanded in prison.
Judge Staines went on to remand the defendant in custody with consent to her own bail of €100 on the condition she stays away from 21 Cluain Darragh, Dangan Road, Tullamore.
Sgt. Kirby reiterated that the address is a designated crime scene.
Ms Tanase replied: “There is no crime scene at 21 Cluain Darragh. I don’t have to hear all this. The gardaí are completely in the wrong and I have been abused.”
Judge ordered that if Ms Tanase does not take up bail that her case will be heard via video link from the Dochas Women’s Prison at Tullamore District Court on Wednesday 19 January.
If bail is taken up, Judge Staines said that, Ms Tanase must provide gardaí with her new address within 24 hours of release and attend that court in person.