Thursday 18 December 2014

Freddie Thompson takes bail bid to High Court

Effort to be released pending trial over pub row stalls as DPP gets order to be furnished with for 'comprehensive' financial statement

Tom Tuite

Published 26/05/2014 | 16:31

Freddie Thompson

A DUBLIN man awaiting trial in connection with a pub row last year has gone to the High Court in a bid to get bail.

Frederick Thompson, 33, from Loreto Road, Maryland, Dublin, had been refused bail last Tuesday after he was charged with committing a violent disorder along with two others, on January 7 last year.

But he has gone to the High Court in a bid to get bail and a judge heard yesterday (MON) that the DPP wanted to be furnished with “a financial statement” from the accused.

The 33-year-old, who has not yet entered a plea, made no reply when he was charged with engaging in or threatening the use of violence that would cause another person to fear for their safety.

The incident is alleged to have happened at Morrisey's pub, Cork St, in Dublin 8, on January 7 last year.

The charge is under Section 15 of the Public Order Act which, on conviction, can result in a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

Dressed in a red T-shirt, blue jeans and black runners, the married father-of-one, who had been extradited from Holland, had been denied bail by Judge Michael Walsh when he appeared at Dublin District Court, on May 21.

Gardai had objected to bail on the grounds that he was a flight risk and a decision on whether the 33-year-old man is to be granted free legal aid was also deferred.

He had been served with a book of evidence on May 21 and the DPP had directed that he was to be tried on indictment at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where he will face his next hearing today (TUE).

Mr Thompson, who did not contest his extradition to Ireland, went before the High Court, in Cloverhill, Dublin, yesterday (MON) in an attempt to get bail granted.

Garrett McCormack BL, for the DPP, told Mr Justice George Birmingham, that an adjournment was being sought. He explained that the DPP was seeking a Section Six statement under the Criminal Justice Act 2007 in relation to a financial statement.

Defence counsel Michael Hourigan asked for the bail hearing to proceed and said that a specific amount set out in an affidavit had been offered but it was now the case that a greater amount was available.

However, Mr McCormack said that that a financial statement was being sought and though the DPP had the right to waive that requirement, it had chosen not to, and was entitled to that documentation.

Mr Justice Birmingham said Mr Thompson would have to provide the “comprehensive statement”. He adjourned the bail application until Thursday but said that it if it is not ready to go ahead it will be put back until June 3

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