Tuesday 26 September 2017

Man (38) accused of killing schoolboy is granted bail

Relatives and friends of Toyosi Shittabey,
including his brother Tunde (right), arriving at Cloverhill District
Court yesterday
Relatives and friends of Toyosi Shittabey, including his brother Tunde (right), arriving at Cloverhill District Court yesterday
Toyosi in his school uniform
Toyosi's father Segun outside court

Shane Hickey

FAMILY and friends of a stabbed schoolboy looked on yesterday as the man charged with his manslaughter was granted bail.

Some 50 members of the Nigerian community attended a court appearance in west Dublin where two brothers accused in connection with the death of Toyosi Shittabey appeared. Paul and Michael Barry were before Cloverhill District Court, the second time they have been in front of a judge following an incident on Friday night which left the 15-year-old dead. Paul Barry (38) from Pearse Street, Dublin, is charged with the manslaughter of the teenager; and his brother Michael (23), of Pigeonhouse Road, Ringsend, Dublin, is charged with the possession of a hockey stick under Section 11 of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act.

Det garda Tom Cooney objected to an application for bail by Paul Barry due to the serious nature of the charge and the weight of evidence against the accused. Defence solicitor Michael Hanahoe conceded that there was a weight of evidence against his client but said this was not a reason in itself to refuse bail.

Witnesses

He asked Judge William Early to fix bail and said his client could provide an address where he would stay.

Judge Early set bail at €300 of Paul Barry's own funds, of which he has to lodge €100 with the court; and two independent sureties, each for €30,000 of which €10,000 each has to be lodged.

The judge applied a number of bail conditions in that Paul Barry would have to reside at an address on Pearse Street, sign on daily at Pearse Street garda station, surrender his passport and not apply for another one, stay out of the Dublin 15 area and have no contact with any of the witnesses in the case either personally or through another person.

Paul Barry was remanded in custody with consent to bail to appear before the court again on April 20.

At a hearing earlier this week, Michael Barry was given consent to bail provided an independent surety of €6,000 including a cash lodgment of €4,000 was paid. His solicitor said that his client would be in a position to make the payment yesterday.

During the brief appearance at Cloverhill, neither of the men made any comment. Paul Barry wore a green t-shirt and had his left arm in a sling while there was bruising to his left eye. His brother stood beside him, wearing a long-sleeved white t-shirt.

There was a substantial garda presence in the court for the short hearing at which Segun Shittabey, the father of Toyosi, was also present.

The teenager, who was a footballer with Shelbourne's under 15s, died late on Friday evening as a result of stab wounds following an altercation in the Mount Eustace estate in Tyrrelstown, just a short distance from his home.

Irish Independent

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