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Third garda charged with perverting course of justice

A third garda has appeared in court charged with perverting the course of justice, burglary and false imprisonment of a woman following an anti-corruption investigation.

Colum Ryan, 35, with a Co Meath address, appeared at Dublin District Court this morning and faces five charges for alleged offences in 2021.

The officer is accused of creating and printing a search warrant and information on 30 September to pervert the course of public justice after a search on 7 September at a basement flat at Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1.

It is also alleged that between 30 September and 8 December, he procured the signatures of peace commissioner Steven Wrenn and another named man on the warrant.

He is also charged with burglary of the basement flat on 7 September, and on the same date that he detained a woman against her will at St John’s Road West, Dublin 8.

Garda Anti-Corruption Unit Detective Sergeant Garda Kieran Kilcoyne told Judge William Aylmer that the accused was arrested on 11 March at Irishtown station and “made no reply” when charged.

He added that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had directed trial on indictment in the Circuit Court.

The defendant, who was not in uniform, did not address the court or indicate a plea.

His solicitor, Elizabeth Hughes, said there was consent to an adjournment until 25 May for the State to prepare a book of evidence.

There was no objection to bail.

Two other gardaí and a peace commissioner have also appeared on related charges in court over the last two weeks.

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