Tallaght man appears in court charged with six offences in relation to crime spree

Tallaght man appears in court charged with six offences in relation to crime spree

By Brendan Grehan

A 37-year-old man has appeared in Tallaght District Court this morning (Thursday) in relation to a series of incidents in Tallaght last Monday. 

Judge Patricia McNamara remanded Joseph Rafferty in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court by videolink next week.

Tallaght court close up

Rafferty, with an address at Russell Place, Tallaght, is charged with hijacking a Black Mercedes Benz car and possession of a firearm: a PPS 43 submachine gun and seven 9mm rounds of ammunition at the Square Car Park in Tallaght on October 23, 2017.

He is also charged with aggravated burglary and possession of the same firearm and ammunition at an address at Watergate Estate, Tallaght, also on October 23 last.

Rafferty is also charged with robbing a Subaru Impreza worth €26,500 from Carroll and Roche Motors, Newlands Cross and possession of the same firearm and ammunition also on October 23 last. 

Detective-Garda Nuala Burke from Rathfarnham Garda Station told Judge McNamara that she arrested Rafferty at 5.19pm at Tallaght Garda station on October 25 last for the offence of aggravated burglary.

She said Rafferty was later charged with six offences by Garda Fiachra Molloy and that he made no reply to each charge.

Rafferty’s solicitor, Michael Hennessy, said he was making no application for bail. Mr Hennessy said that there were concerns from himself, the gardai, family and friends of the accused about his psychiatric wellbeing and asked that he receive medical assistance while in custody.

Det-Gda Burke told Judge McNamara that the DPP’s directions were not available.

Judge McNamara remanded Rafferty in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court by videoink at 10am on November 2 next.