A 33-year-old man accused of smashing dozens of bottles of alcohol in a supermarket in Drogheda, county Louth, this afternoon (Wednesday) refused to accept a bail condition ordering him to stay away from every Tesco shop in the country.

Graham McCormack from Preston Park, Julianstown, County Meath appeared before Judge Eirinn McKiernan charged with causing criminal damage to assorted bottles of whiskey and wine at the West Street premises earlier today.

The court heard that the defendant made no reply when the charge was put to him after caution and a number of conditions were being sought to be attached to his  bail – that he stay away from Tesco outlets nationwide and away from all Tesco staff and management.

A separate condition – of remaining sober, was also sought.  However, the defendant said he was not consenting.

When Judge McKiernan asked him if he wished to have a solicitor appointed under legal aid, he replied “I know my rights. Thanks”.

He was initially remanded in custody with consent to bail to February fifth – subject to the conditions outlined, but  said “I’m not taking the bond.”

He insisted that he would go back adding “I’m still angry – about what I’m going to do to myself and to others”

Judge McKiernan then remanded him in custody with consent to bail to appear on Friday via video-link before Drogheda district court – sitting in Dundalk, and directed that he get a psychiatric evaluation.

The incident at Tesco in Drogheda