Garda on cocaine and disclosure charges is released on €10k bail
A garda has appeared in court charged with seven counts of illegally disclosing information contrary to the Garda Síochána Act and a separate charge of possessing cocaine.
Gda Jimell Henry (34), Cairns Hill, Sligo, appeared at Sligo District Court.
Gda Det Insp Jim Delaney told Judge Kevin Kilrane that he put the charges to Gda Henry at Sligo Garda Station at 10.20am yesterday after arresting her at her home earlier.
He said Gda Henry had said 'no reply' to each of the eight charges.
The witness also said that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had directed that the case be heard on indictment before the Circuit Court.
Ms Henry faced seven counts of disclosing information obtained during the course of her duties as a member of An Garda Síochána knowing that the disclosure of that information was likely to have a harmful effect.
All the charges relate to alleged offences on dates in December, 2014 and January 2015.
The alleged disclosures are alleged to have taken place at 6.07am on December 16, 2014 in Dublin; at 10.41pm on January 14, 2015 in Mullingar; at 5.32pm on December 27, 2014 in County Sligo; at 10.40pm on January 14, 2015 in Mullingar; at 8.22am on January 13, 2015, in Dublin; at 7.58am on January 13, 2015 in Dublin, and on December 31, 2014, at 8.01pm in Dublin.
The charges relate to alleged breaches of Section 62 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.
Gda Henry was also charged with the unlawful possession of cocaine on January 16, 2015 at Tullymagracken North, Sligo.
Det Insp Delaney said gardaí consented to bail subject to a number of conditions.
He asked that she surrender her passport, remain in the jurisdiction, does not contact any witnesses in the case and sign on once weekly at her local garda station.
He also asked for an independent surety of €10,000 "due to the gravity of the charges".
The case was adjourned for an hour to allow for Gda Henry's passport to be retrieved from her home and for her father Kevin Henry to provide evidence of the surety.
When the case resumed, Judge Kevin Kilrane released Gda Henry on bail.
He issued a court order that the amount of money in Kevin Henry's bank account should not fall below €10,000.
He also ordered Gda Henry to sign on at Sligo Garda Station each Friday between 9am and 9pm.
The judge said Gda Henry should not make contact with witnesses known to her or witnesses she ought to know were involved in the case.
Defence solicitor Gerry McGovern asked for legal aid.
He said his client did have a salary but this had now been reduced to €185 per week.
Judge Kilrane granted the application.
Gda Henry was released on bail to appear again at Sligo District Court on May 12 for the serving of the book of evidence.
Gda Henry, dressed in black leggings, brown boots and a blue and white top, and carrying a brown hooded coat, left the court with her father.