Restaurant owner summonsed for breaching Covid-19 regulations

Man charged with leaving his place of residence without reasonable excuse in April

An Italian restaurant owner is to appear before a court in Galway next month charged with breaching Covid-19 regulations earlier this year.

Antonio Mureddu (44), The Headford Arms, Main Street, Headford, Co Galway, was summonsed to appear before Galway District Court on Monday charged with breaching Covid-19 regulations by leaving his place of residence without reasonable excuse after his vehicle was stopped by Garda Garrett Cafferkey at Coolagh, Oranmore, Galway, on April 10th last.

The alleged breach was in contravention of Regulation 4 (1) of the Health Act 1947 (Section 31 A Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No 10) Covid Regulations 2020, contrary to Section 31A (6) (a) of the Health Act 1947 and Contrary to Section 31 A(12) of the Health Act 1947, as substituted by Section 3 of the Health (Amendment) Act 2020.

Mr Mureddu was not present in court for the brief hearing. His solicitor, Lorna Burke asked for a copy of the prosecution statement of evidence against her client before applying to have the case adjourned to a later date to ascertain Mr Mureddu's attitude.

Judge Mary Fahy directed a precis of the evidence be forward by the State to Ms Burke and adjourned the matter to November 25th for hearing.

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