Sunday 22 October 2017

McGeever back in prison as judge refuses to reduce bail

John Fallon

BUSINESSMAN Kevin McGeever has been told to go to the High Court if he wants his €12,500 bail terms reduced.

The former millionaire developer has been remanded in custody since Wednesday after failing to come up with money for bail.

The 68-year-old, with an address at Nirvana, Ballywinna, Craughwell, Co Galway, appeared before Harristown District Court in Co Roscommon yesterday where a fresh request was made to reduce the amount of bail required.

Bail was set on Wednesday at his own bond of €2,500 and independent surety of €10,000 – with a minimum of €3,000 of the latter required to be cash.

Defence solicitor Joan Devine told Judge Geoffrey Browne yesterday that her client was not in a position to come up with that amount of money.

She asked that the amount be reduced to allow her client an opportunity to come up with bail.

Inspector Padraig Jones opposed the request. He said the charges before the court were serious and that bail was 'reasonable'.

Judge Browne told Ms Devine that she would need to go to the High Court to change the bail terms.

Mr McGeever, dressed in jeans with collarless white T-shirt and red jumper, did not speak during the brief court hearing.

He had been arrested in Clontarf in Dublin on Tuesday before being taken to Gort in Co Galway where he was charged that night.

He had been remanded in custody with consent to bail when he appeared before Strokestown District Court on Wednesday on two charges of wasting garda time.

Mr McGeever has been held in custody at Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon since then.

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Judge Browne yesterday remanded Mr McGeever in custody with consent to bail to appear before Harristown District Court on August 9.

The former millionaire developer is charged under sections 12(a) and 12(b) of the Criminal Law Act 1976, relating to wasting garda time on dates between January 29 and February 28 this year.

The charges follow a garda investigation that was launched in January after Mr McGeever was found on a roadside in Co Leitrim.

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