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'Silent support' for asylum seeker during court hearing

Case has been adjourned until May

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Asylum seeker court case

Vikram Sharma

Up to a dozen people from Kilcar stood outside and then sat inside Donegal District Court yesterday in “silent support” of an asylum seeker who has been living in the south-west Donegal village.
The supporters sat silently in court as Detective Garda Deirdre Durcan gave evidence of the arrest, charge and caution of Vikram Sharma, at 7.35 pm at Main Street Kilcar on Saturday, March 24th.
The 32-year-old of Nite Bite, Main Street, Kilcar was then brought to Ballyshannon Garda Station where he was formally charged.
He is charged that on March 24th, at Nite Bite, Main Street, Kilcar, being a non-national present in the State aged 16 years or over, did fail to produce on demand to a member of An Garda Siochana namely Detective Garda Deirdre Durcan a valid passport or other equivalent document which established his identity and nationality, contrary to Section 12 of the Immigration Act 2004.
At yesterday's court sitting, Judge Kevin Kilrane asked if the State had any application to make.
Inspector Denis Joyce said a passport had been handed in prior to the court hearing and there was no objection to bail.
The defendant was released on an independent bond of €300 put up by Martin Byrne and a cash bond of €300.
The defendant was released on condition that he resides with Martin Byrne, who was in court, at Churchtown, Kilcar.
He was told not to engage with any employment and he was to proceed with his claim for asylum in this country.
The case was adjourned to May 28th, for mention at Donegal District Court.