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Saturday 26 July 2014

Criminal got bail by pretending mother of his children was dead and he needed to mind them

Andrew Phelan

Published 17/03/2014|08:40

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A Dublin man who sent a former colleague a threatening text message and an image of a dismembered doll as part of his “rape fantasy” has been jailed for three years

A LYING criminal got bail by pretending that the mother of his children was dead and he needed to mind them.

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Christopher Conlon (39) falsely claimed under oath that his children had no other guardian after their mother passed away – but gardai found out that she was actually alive and well.

The accused said afterwards that he was desperate to spend Christmas with his kids and committed the crime with their welfare at heart, Blanchardstown District Court heard.

Judge David McHugh sentenced him to six months imprisonment for perjury after he pleaded guilty.

The sentence is concurrent to one he is already serving.

The defendant, with a current address at Mountjoy Prison, admitted making an assertion as a witness under oath which he knew to be false.

The offence, under Common Law, happened at Court 5 at the Criminal Courts of Justice, Parkgate Street on September 19, 2012.

The court heard the accused was before Dublin Circuit Criminal court on a bench warrant at the time.

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He applied for bail on that date and gave evidence in support of the application on oath.

“During his evidence, he informed the court that he was seeking bail to mind his child because his child had no other parent or guardian, and that the parent was deceased,” Garda Padraic Jennings said.

The presiding judge took this into consideration and bail was granted. Enquiries were subsequently carried out and “it was established that the person he claimed to be deceased was actually alive and well”.

Defence solicitor Aoife Bambury said the accused was now serving a sentence with a release date in December 2017.

He did what he did because he “desperately wanted to be with his children for the Christmas period”, Ms Bambury said.

Conlon had been in and out of prison for much of his life.

“He accepts it was wrong and he made full and frank admissions,” she added.

“He is using his time in Mountjoy very well. He is drug-free and attending various courses.”

Judge McHugh sentenced the defendant and granted legal aid in the case after hearing there was no objection by gardai.

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