Monday 21 August 2017

McFeely in outburst at gardaí after his bail battle fails

'Mr McFeely is charged with two counts of breaching a protection order at a south Dublin address on February 12 and February 20' (stock photo)
'Mr McFeely is charged with two counts of breaching a protection order at a south Dublin address on February 12 and February 20' (stock photo)

Eimear Cotter

Bankrupt Priory Hall developer Tom McFeely has failed in his bid to vary his bail terms so he can fly to London to collect his pension.

Mr McFeely (68) shouted at Garda Dara MacEoin across a courtroom: "It's guys like you that give gardaí a bad name," after the judge refused the application.

Gda MacEoin had told Tallaght District Court he was objecting to the bail variation.

The Priory Hall developer claimed he is struggling financially, as his only income is his pension and he cannot get to London to collect it because gardaí have his passport.

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He said: "It's unbelievable. How am I to live if I can't get to the UK for my pension?"

Mr McFeely is charged with two counts of breaching a protection order at a south Dublin address on February 12 and February 20.

It is alleged he threatened to slit a woman's throat and "send her to America in a box". He is also alleged to have demanded the woman hand back money which he claimed that she owes him.

Mr McFeely has denied the charges. The case is mid-trial and is due for finalisation later this month.

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The accused brought an application before Tallaght court yesterday to vary his bail conditions. Gda MacEoin said there was no consent to any changes.

Defence barrister Stephen Montgomery said Mr McFeely was on "onerous" bail terms.

The bail conditions are that he has no contact either directly or indirectly with the alleged injured party. He has also surrendered his Irish and UK passports as well as his UK driving licence.

He must live at an agreed address and sign on three times a week at Letterkenny garda station.

Judge Patricia McNamara refused the application to vary bail.

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