Pig's-head accused is allowed sun trip
A JUDGE allowed a man to leave the country to go on a Mediterranean sun holiday while he faces charges in connection with sending a pig's head to the home of a garda.
At Ennis Circuit Court yesterday, Judge Gerald Keyes gave permission for Brendan Mahoney (45), of Cabra Park, Dublin, to go to his un-named sun destination for one week in July.
Varying mr Mahoney's bail conditions, Judge Keyes allowed him to collect the passport he surrendered to Henry Street garda station, Limerick, on July 3, and return it on July 11. Mr Mahoney's holiday dates from July 4 to July 10.
Counsel for the State, Stephen Coughlan, said that there was no state objection to varying Mr Mahoney's bail conditions.
Judge Keyes said: "In light of what I have just been told, and I note there is no objection from the State to the variation of the bail terms between July 4 and July 10, I vary the bail terms to cover that period."
Mr Mahoney is accused of posting a packet on January 26 last year that contained a pig's head.
A garda investigation was launched in January of last year.
Mr Mahoney was first charged in relation to the alleged offence at Kilrush District Court in July of last year.
The case has been adjourned a number of times before Ennis Circuit Court.
Mr Mahoney's trial is expected to take three days and is due to get under way later this year.