Angry scenes as man charged with murder
The man was arrested and charged at Drogheda garda station
December 14 2020 02:30 AM
A crowd of people hurled abuse at a middle-aged man as he arrived in court yesterday to be charged with the murder of a 17-year-old boy in Co Louth in January.
Gerard Cruise (47), of Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, was formally charged at Dundalk District Court.
Detective Sergeant Peter Cooney told Judge Eirinn McKiernan that he arrested Mr Cruise at 12.18am yesterday and charged him at 12.50am at Drogheda garda station with the murder.
The victim cannot be named because of a recent ruling in the Court of Appeal which prohibits the naming of child murder victims.
Det Sgt Cooney said Mr Cruise made no reply when charged.
No application was made for bail as a person charged with murder has to apply for bail to the High Court.
Judge McKiernan remanded the accused in custody in Cloverhill Prison from where he will appear before Drogheda District Court on Friday via video link. There were angry scenes at the courthouse when Mr Cruise arrived there in a garda van under escort.
A small gathering of people shouted abuse as the van was driven down a side lane and through a back gate into a yard behind the court building.
The accused sat quietly during the short hearing.
His solicitor, Eleanor Kelly, applied for legal aid, telling Judge McKiernan her client is on disability allowance.
She also asked that medical attention be given to Mr Cruise if it was required while he was in custody. Both requests were granted.
He was driven away from the court under armed escort by members of the garda armed response unit.