Estonian in custody after being charged with conspiracy to murder

Imre Arakas (image via Irish Daily Star)
Imre Arakas (image via Irish Daily Star)

An Estonian national has been remanded in custody after being charged with conspiracy to murder a man in Northern Ireland.

Imre Arakas (58), who is unemployed with an address in Tallin, Estonia was brought before a special sitting of Dublin District Court this evening charged under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007.

He is charged with conspiring to murder James Gately, along with others not before the court, between April 4 and April 5 in Northern Ireland. 

Mr Arakas was brought to court number three of the Criminal Courts of Justice from Blanchardstown garda station amid a heavy garda escort including members of the Armed Support Unit.

Giving evidence, Gda Alan Monaghan of the Drugs and Organised Bureau said that he arrested the accused in Blanchardstown Garda Station at 1.31pm this afternoon.

"He was charged by Sgt John Donovan at 2.55pm. He made no reply to the charge and was handed a true copy of the charge sheet," Gda Donovan said.

When Judge Grainne Malone queried if the defendant had been offered the opportunity to speak with a solicitor while in custody, Gda Monaghan said that this had been offered to him numerous times but decided against it.

Mr Arakas, wearing a navy t-shirt, black jeans and a bandage on his left arm, addressed the court numerous times during the sitting.

Asked if he would wish to speak to a solicitor, Mr Arakas said: "Yes, I wish. I'm pretty new here. I don't know where to find (a solicitor)".

The judge remanded him in Cloverhill to appear before the court again next Wednesday.