A Listowel man has pleaded ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’ to eight charges arising from allegedly falsely imprisoning a father, daughter and her boyfriend
Tom Howard of Gortnaminch, Listowel is accused of falsely imprisoning the three people in Donnybrook Cottage, Sixmilebridge, County Clare on July 2nd last.
Mr Howard also pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to having a shot gun in his possession with intent to cause an indictable offence – robbery – on the same date.
At Ennis Circuit Court today, Tom Howard pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to falsely imprisoning 70-year old Tadhg Corbett, his 27 year old daughter, Elaine Corbett and her boyfriend, Declan Finn
The 50-year-old also pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to stealing a double barrelled shot-gun and two shotgun cartridges from his Limerick employer, between June 29th to July 2nd.
He also entered a not guilty by reason of insanity plea to robbing two mobile phones from Ms Corbett and Mr Finn as well as €300 in cash on July 2nd.
Mr Howard also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm of Mr Finn on the same date and at the same location.
Counsel for the State, Stephen Coughlan BL said that the case was proceeding under Section 5 of the Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2006.
He said the jury will hear evidence from only two witnesses, consultant psychiatrist Dr Paul O’Connell at the Central Mental Hospital and Garda Roddy Burke.
A jury has been impanelled in the case with evidence to be heard later today.