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James Mansfield Jr. Photo: Collins Courts

James Mansfield Jr. Photo: Collins Courts

James Mansfield Jr. Photo: Collins Courts

A businessman facing false imprisonment charges has been denied permission to vary his bail to allow him travel to Spain for his mother's 75th birthday party.

Mr Justice Paul Coffey told the Special Criminal Court there was "nothing to stop" Jim Mansfield Jnr's mother from holding her party in this jurisdiction.

The judge added that to ask the court to "work around" circumstances in which the party arrangements were made after Mr Mansfield's passport had already been surrendered as part of his bail terms is "highly unsatisfactory".

Mr Mansfield Jnr (52), of Tasaggart House, Garters Lane, Saggart, Co Dublin, will stand trial at the non-jury court in April on charges relating to false imprisonment and the perversion of justice.

He is charged with conspiring with one or more persons to falsely imprison Martin Byrne on a date unknown between January 1, 2015, and June 30, 2015.

He is also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice by directing Patrick Byrne to destroy recorded CCTV footage.

It is alleged this was done with the intention of perverting the course of public justice in relation to the false imprisonment of Martin Byrne at Finnstown House Hotel, Lucan, Co Dublin, between June 9 and June 12, 2015.

Last year, the defendant was granted bail on an independent surety of €10,000 and subject to a number of conditions.

Irish Independent