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Former INLA member Dessie O'Hare appeals sentence for assault and falsely imprisoning family

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Dessie O’Hare was jailed for seven years last year. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Dessie O’Hare was jailed for seven years last year. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Dessie O’Hare was jailed for seven years last year. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Former INLA man Dessie O'Hare is to appeal his sentence for falsely imprisoning a family in south Dublin.

O'Hare, who was known as 'The Border Fox', was jailed by the Special Criminal Court for seven years last year for the crime he committed while evicting the family from their home.

His attack on another man on the same occasion was described as "disturbingly violent", with Justice Tony Hunt remarking that the violent side of O'Hare's personality was not in remission and that his threat to society had "not completely abated". O'Hare (63), of Slate Rock Road, Newtownhamilton, Co Armagh, had admitted to assaulting John Roche, causing him harm, at The Towers, Garter Lane, Saggart, on June 9, 2015.

He had also pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning Martin Byrne at Rathcoole and Saggart on the same date.

The three-judge court was asked to take two counts of falsely imprisoning Byrne's wife and son into consideration.

He was jailed for three years for assaulting Mr Roche and 10 years with three suspended for the rest of his life for falsely imprisoning Mr Byrne. The sentences are running concurrently.

O'Hare has lodged an appeal against the sentence to the Court of Appeal, and was yesterday given the date of December 14 for his hearing.

His barrister, Mark Lynam BL, said that his client wanted to be present on that date.

In 1988, O'Hare was sentenced to 40 years' imprisonment for falsely imprisoning and assaulting Dublin dentist Dr John O'Grady, causing him grievous bodily harm. But he was released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement in 2006. He also has convictions for firearm offences as well as assaulting a garda.

Irish Independent