Date Published: 05-May-2011
By Ann Healy
A Lithuanian man told Gardai he shoved an iron bar up another man’s rectum and then urinated on him to make little of him as is the tradition in his country because he owed him money for drugs, a trial in Galway heard yesterday.
Gintautas Bagdonas (32), with a former rental addresses at Clan House, Dominick Street, and co-accused Aurelijus Zrielskis(36), with a former rental address at 26 Cois Chlair, Claregalway, both deny the false imprisonment of Jaan Eemon (33), at Francis Cottage, Coolough, near Menlo, on May 25 last year. Both Lithuanian men also deny intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Mr Eemon in a shed beside the thatched cottage on the same date.
The men’s trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court this week heard evidence that during interviews with Gardai following his arrest, Bagdonas said Zrielskis was not involved and he had carried out the assault on his own because Eemon owed him almost €3,000 for heroin and was avoiding him.
Bagdonas said he lured Eemon out of hiding by getting Eemon’s friend, Konstantin Sinkevic to meet him in Woodquay. When Eemon got into his friend’s car, Bagdonas said he and Zrielskis jumped in the back and he told Sinkevic to drive to the shed near the cottage. He said the other men went into the cottage while he took Eemon to the shed.
“I tied him up with cables and beat him with a sledgehammer. I just wanted to break his hands. I took a piece of metal and pushed it in his ass a few times. I pissed on him and called him a faggot. I threw the iron away after first rubbing it around his (Eemon’s) face.
“In our country, and in Russia, if you piss on somebody or shove something up their ass he is no longer equal to you. In prison he can no longer speak to us and can only speak to people of his own destiny,” Bagdonas told Gardai.
The trial continues at Galway Circuit Court.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.