Homeless man charged with false imprisonment of 6-year-old Down's syndrome boy

Liffey Street, Dublin 1
Liffey Street, Dublin 1

A MAN, who was charged after a 6-year-old child with Down's syndrome became separated from his family in Dublin city-centre last week, has been further remanded in custody for another four weeks.

David Ryan, 27, with an address at Foxdene Avenue, Clondalkin in Dublin but who was described as being of no fixed abode had been refused bail on June 12th and faced his second court hearing today.

The father-of-two appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court and was further remanded in custody to appear again on July 17th.

A book of evidence has to be prepared by the DPP who has directed that Mr Ryan must face trial at circuit court level.

He is charged with false imprisonment of the 6-year-old boy at Liffey Street on June 11th; the small child, who is unable to communicate, was allegedly found when a security guard noticed him alone on a street.

Last week, Garda Elaine Holmes had objected to bail at Dublin District Court citing the seriousness of the offence. She had said it was alleged Mr Ryan "took a child who was in a buggy, he pushed him across the road and took food from his hand and ate it".

It was alleged Mr Ryan then searched the buggy and "left the child on the street". 

Gda Holmes also said the young boy requires “extensive care" adding that the child "has no speech" and "could not communicate with a security guard who took responsibility for him and became aware he was on his own".

Gda Holmes had also said Mr Ryan had told her he has been homeless for a lengthy period.

As a result of being denied bail in the district court he will have to bring an application to the High Court to get released pending trial.