Thursday 22 March 2018

Alan Bradley to apply for bail next week

Alan Bradley
Alan Bradley

Ray Managh

ALAN BRADLEY, jailed for conspiring to steal from a security van transporting almost €1million in cash, will apply to the High Court for bail next week while he awaits the outcome of a legal challenge against his continued imprisonment.

Bradley (42) of Churchfields, Kentstown, Co Meath, with his brother Wayne, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Criminal Court to conspiring to steal cash from Chubb Ireland in November 2007 at Tesco, Celbridge, Co Kildare.

Micheal P. O’Higgins, SC, counsel for Bradley, told Mr Justice Anthony Barr in the High Court today that the Minister for Justice had twice refused Bradley remission he claims he has earned on his sentence.

Mr O’Higgins, who appeared with barrister Karl Monahan, said that on the basis of a one-third remission his client should have been released from Portlaoise Prison towards the end of June last.

Bradley’s solicitor Niamh Kelly of Michael Staines and Co told the court in an affidavit that if granted one-quarter remission her client would be entitled to his freedom this coming December.

Mr O’Higgins said Mr Bradley was seeking a judicial review of the Minister’s refusal granting remission and would be asking the court for an order quashing that refusal.  He would also be applying for bail for  Mr Bradley.

Judge Barr said he was satisfied Mr Bradley had an arguable case and would put the matter in for an early hearing as there was a real risk he could be in prison when he ought not to be.

Mr O’Higgins said Mr Bradley had been sentenced in April 2012 to nine years, dating from February 14, 2012, with the final two years suspended.  This had subsequently been reduced on appeal to eight years with 18 months suspended.

He said Mr Bradley had applied to the Minister for enhanced remission but had twice been refused.  Mr Bradley had engaged in crime awareness, anger management and peace education programmes to help facilitate an early release.

In his second application to the Minister, which had been turned down, he had pointed out that he now had the skill set to start his own business on release in personal training and event management which, he believed, made him less likely to reoffend and better able to integrate into the community. 

Ms Kelly, in her affidavit, said she believed the Minister was in breach of her duty to give reasons in respect of her decision of August 10 last not to grant remission.

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