Leroy Dumbrell met with Willie Maughan before he went missing, court told
Published 28/09/2015 | 06:30
A man facing an assault charge, as well as threatening to kill a garda and a witness in a murder case, breached his bail conditions when he was spotted with a Traveller who has since gone missing, gardai have alleged.
The information came to light in the High Court when gardai tried unsuccessfully to prevent Leroy Dumbrell getting bail last Friday.
He had first been remanded in custody for an alleged assault on a man in Ballymun in November 2013, but later was granted bail through the courts.
It was while on bail that he is alleged to have threatened to kill a garda and a woman who gave evidence in a case in which his two brothers, Jeffrey and Warren, were convicted of murder.
The 29-year-old, from Emmet Road, Inchicore, successfully argued for bail last week despite gardai saying he posed a threat to witnesses in his upcoming trials and had already broken curfew conditions.
Det Gda Ronan McMorrow gave evidence in front of Judge Michael Moriarty that Dumbrell, who has been in custody following a previous revoking of his bail, had been seen at a filling station in Meath outside his curfew time of 7pm with a man named Willie Maughan last March 11.
This was based on CCTV evidence.
Maughan and his Latvian girlfriend Ana Varslavane are believed to have been abducted and murdered by a Traveller mob in an incident unrelated to Dumbrell after they went missing on April 14 last in Gormanston, Co Meath.
Counsel for Dumbrell, John Berry, argued that no CCTV evidence had been presented to the court and the time stamp on it could not be vouched for.
The woman who was allegedly threatened by Dumbrell appeared in court to say she felt she would be "dead in a matter of weeks or months" if he was granted bail.
Det Gda McMorrow gave evidence that he was threatened by the defendant and objected to bail, saying the accused knew his personal vehicle and was a serious criminal.
In his ruling, Judge Michael Moriarty said he would grant bail to Dumbrell because the law allows him the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty, and the agreed estimated time before the three charges that he is facing could be dealt with could extend to 18 months or two years.