Friday 15 December 2017

Bench warrant issued for man due to stand trial on IRA membership

Charge issued following investigation into paramilitary activity at funeral of RIRA leader Alan Ryan

Alan Ryan
Alan Ryan

Diarmaid Mac Dermott

THE Special Criminal Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Dublin man who was due to stand trial next week on an IRA membership charge following a garda investigation into paramilitary activity at the funeral of murdered Real IRA leader Alan Ryan in 2012.

Nathan Kinsella (33) was due to stand trial next Tuesday for membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on September 13th, 2012.

Today, Detective Inspector Paul Scott told the non-jury court that gardai have made various attempts to contact Kinsella by mobile phone and by calling to his house.

He said it was a bail condition that Kinsella carried a mobile phone which had to be turned on at all times and that he observe a curfew between 9pm and 9am every day.

The Detective Inspector said that Kinsella's bailsperson had not seen him since before Christmas. He added that the Circuit Criminal Court issued a bench warrant for his arrest last November after he failed to appear there.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding, said the court would issue the bench warrant for Kinsella's arrest.

An earlier court hearing was told that Kinsella had suffered a “very traumatic injury” and his mobility was “quite debilitated”.

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