ONE of four men charged with the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly in a pub car park earlier this year has been granted bail by the High Court.
Sharif Kelly (43), of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan, Dublin, is charged with the murder of 35-year-old Butterly who was shot dead as he ran from his car parked in the Huntsman Inn, Gormanstown, Co Meath on March 6.
Det Inspector Alf Martyn said gardai were strenuously objecting to bail for Kelly on a number of grounds, including the seriousness and circumstances of the offence.
Kelly is facing trial in the Special Criminal Court in June next year, along with Edward McGrath (32), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, Dean Evans (22), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, David Cullen
(29) of Brackenwood Ave, Balbriggan, all Dublin.
Evans and McGrath are also charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm calibre Beretta model 9000s semi-automatic pistol and seven rounds of 9mm parabellum calibre ammunition at the pub car park, as well as with membership of the IRA.
Cullen is charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm calibre Beretta model 9000s semi-automatic pistol.
Mr Justice George Birmingham said the objections to bail were weighty but not sufficient to dislodge the presumption of innocence which a person is entitled to.
He was prepared to grant bail on terms even more stringent than had been offered by the defence, including an offer of a lodgment of
€3,500 in cash by a member of Kelly's family.
The judge said he wanted a cash lodgment of €23,500 in one sum or three independent cash sureties of two of €10,000 each and one of €3,500.
He imposed a number of other conditions including that he surrender his passport, undertake not to leave the jurisdiction and observe a curfew.