Judge revokes bail over ‘cavalier attitude’ to conditions

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

judge Eugene O’Kelly has revoked bail in the case of a Limerick man accused of unlawful possession of a golf club, warning accused persons that bail conditions are not “a selection box” from which they can choose which ones to abide by.

judge Eugene O’Kelly has revoked bail in the case of a Limerick man accused of unlawful possession of a golf club, warning accused persons that bail conditions are not “a selection box” from which they can choose which ones to abide by.

Garda Maurice O’Brien made an application at Limerick District Court for a revocation of bail for 23-year-old Tyrone O’Connor after he failed to show up at Henry Street garda station to sign on and failed to notify gardai of a change of address.

Mr O’Connor, formerly of St Francis Place, Limerick, and who told the court he was currently living with his mother in Bruree, is charged with the unlawful possession of a gold club on January 24 last.

He was granted bail on January 25 subject to a number of conditions, including he sign on daily at a garda station and reside at St Francis Place.

Garda O’Brien told Judge O’Kelly that Mr O’Connor had not signed on at Henry Street since February 5 and that he had not been residing at St Francis Place between February 13 and 17.

Mr O’Connor told the court that his sister had been evicted from St Francis Place over his case and said he had been “too busy looking for a place” to notify gardai of a change of address.

Judge O’Kelly said he detected “a very noticeable cavalier attitude towards compliance with bail conditions” from Mr O’Connor.

“Entering into a bail bond is not a selection box from which accused persons can pick and choose which conditions to abide by and which to ignore,” the judge said, adding that this appeared to be a growing trend. He acceded to the state’s application and Mr O’Connor was remanded in custody to appear before the court again on March 5 for DPP directions.