Garda to face trial charged with burglary, perverting course of justice and false imprisonment

Garda To Face Trial Charged With Burglary, Perverting Course Of Justice And False Imprisonment
Colum Ryan (35) appeared at Dublin District Court on Friday. Photo: Collins
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Tom Tuite

A garda has been sent forward for trial charged with perverting the course of justice, burglary and false imprisonment of a woman in Dublin.

Colum Ryan (35), with a Co Meath address, appeared at Dublin District Court on Friday and faces five charges for alleged offences in 2021.


He is one of four officers before the courts arising from an investigation conducted by the Garda Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).

Mr Ryan is accused of creating and printing a search warrant and information on September 30th to pervert the course of public justice after a search on September 7th at a basement flat in Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1.

It is also alleged that between September 30th and December 8th, he procured the signatures of peace commissioner Steven Wrenn and another named man on the warrant.

Mr Ryan is also charged with burglary of the basement flat on September 7th, and on the same date he detained a woman against her will at St John's Road West, Dublin 8.


ACU Detective Sergeant Kieran Kilcoyne served the defendant with a book of evidence when he appeared at Dublin District Court on Friday.

Judge Michael Ramsey noted that the Director of Public Prosecutions directed trial on indictment and granted a return-for-trial order. He told the defendant that he was being sent forward to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where the case will be listed on June 20 for mention.

The accused nodded to indicate he understood when given the formal warning to notify the prosecution if he intended to use an alibi in his defence.

Mr Ryan has yet to indicate a plea and "made no reply" when charged.


His solicitor, Elizabeth Hughes, said her client was applying for legal aid, and she asked that it include senior counsel for the defence "given the serious nature of the charge".

Judge Ramsey acceded to the request and remanded him on €200 bail.

Last week, three Dublin-based gardaí were sent forward for trial on related charges.

Robert Gorman (43), who has a north Dublin address; Mark Duffy (39), from Dublin 15; and Ciaran Whelan (51), with an address in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, are accused of perverting the course of justice and burglary of flats.


Mr Whelan had an additional charge for false imprisonment of a woman.

ACU detectives served them with books of evidence on May 17th, and trial orders were granted. Their cases are to be listed for mention on June 13th in the Circuit Court. They were granted legal aid and remanded on bail.

A peace commissioner and former Labour Party councillor has also been charged with perverting the course of justice and forgery.

Steven Wrenn (50), of Iveragh Road, Whitehall, Dublin, is accused of signing two false search warrants for flats at Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1 and Kenilworth Road, in 2021.

He has pleaded not guilty and is due back in court in June to be served with a book of evidence and for a trial order.

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