Wednesday 21 March 2018

Granny stands bail for second teen charged over death of Munich student

German student Thomas Heinrich died following a stabbing incident in Rialto, Dublin
German student Thomas Heinrich died following a stabbing incident in Rialto, Dublin

Tom Tuite

A DUBLIN youth accused of the murder of German student Thomas Heinrich has been released after his elderly grandmother agreed to stand bail for him.

Mr Heinrich, a 22-year-old post-graduate degree student from Munich, was stabbed in his stomach during an incident outside his apartment at St Anthony's Road, Rialto in Dublin's south inner city on December 1 last.

His friend Robert Rinker (22), also a student from Germany, suffered life threatening injuries and was in intensive care for two days.

Last week, a 16-year-old schoolboy, who cannot be named, and Wesley Kelly (19), of St Anthony's Road, Rialto, Dublin, were remanded in custody. They had been charged at the Dublin Children's Court with the murder of Mr Heinrich and assault causing serious harm to Mr Rinker.

Mr Kelly made no reply when the charges were put to him.

Today after the High Court agreed to set bail terms, Mr Kelly appeared again at the Children's Court.

Defence solicitor Ann Brizzell told Judge John O'Connor that the grandmother was willing to act as an independent surety for the youth's bail which had been set at €3,000.

The teenager, whose mother also attended the hearing, was told that he must reside at his home address, obey a 9pm to 7am curfew and sign on daily at his local garda station.

He was warned that he must not contact his 16-year-old co-accused and have “no contact directly or indirectly with witnesses”.

He also has to “carry a mobile phone on his person at all times” and be available to answer it when gardai call him.

The elderly woman said she understood that the bail money would be frozen in her post office account and that her grandson had to abide by the conditions set down by the court.

The unemployed youth then took up bail and was ordered to appear again next month when he and his co-defendant are to be served with books of evidence.

On Tuesday the 16-year-old was granted bail with similar conditions.

The teenagers have not yet indicated how they will be pleading to the charges.

While the pair have been charged at the juvenile court, the murder allegation means they will be sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court after they have been served with books of evidence.

Mr Heinrich and his friend Mr Rinker, both students at the MHMK Makromedia School for Media and Communication in Munich, had to spend their third semester abroad and had decided to study at Griffith College in Dublin. Mr Heinrich had been expected to return home to Germany in December when his study period in Dublin was due to end.

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