Saturday 16 December 2017

Christmas in custody for man charged with three counts of false imprisonment

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Aodhan O'Faolain & Ray Managh

A man charged with three counts of false imprisonment in relation to an alleged incident in west Dublin last June will spend Christmas in custody after the High Court today refused to grant him bail.

Declan Duffy (42) is charged with three separate charges of false imprisonment and one count of violent disorder at The Towers, Garters Lane, Saggart, on June 9th last.

Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan refused to grant Duffy bail, taking into consideration the concerns the Gardai had expressed on several occasions before the court about his being granted bail.

Reporting restrictions apply to the naming of the alleged victims who, the court was told today, had been moved by gardai to “a secure location.”

Duffy, of Hanover Street West, in Dublin's south inner city, sought to be admitted to bail at the High Court. Through his lawyers Duffy said he was prepared to offer two sureties of €16,000.

He was also prepared to sign on two or three times a day at a nominated Garda Station, be subjected to a curfew and stay in or out of any location deemed appropriate by the court.

It was also argued that Duffy could spend “quite some time” in custody before his trial is listed.

The state had objected to bail on grounds including the allegations were so serious that bail should not be granted. If convicted of the charges Duffy could receive a life sentence.

Detective Inspector Colm O'Malley said no surety was acceptable due to various garda concerns including the serious nature of the charges pending against Mr Duffy.

He told the court a decision whether the trial is to be heard before the Special Criminal Court or the Circuit Court had still to be made. His recommendation had been that the matter go before the Special Criminal Court.

The application was made after the District Court had previously refused to grant Duffy bail following his arrest by Gardai earlier this month.

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