Friday 19 January 2018

Man charged with manslaughter of his infant son granted bail

John Tighe leaving Castlebar District Court. Photo: Keith Heneghan/Phocus
John Tighe leaving Castlebar District Court. Photo: Keith Heneghan/Phocus
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

An Irish man who is facing a manslaughter charge in relation to the death of his infant son has been granted bail, after a neighbour paid a €2,000 surety.

John Tighe (39), of Lavallyroe, Ballyhaunis in Co Mayo is charged with the unlawful killing of the infant along with a second charge of wilful neglect.

He spent last night in custody after appearing at Castlebar District Court yesterday. This morning, Mr Tighe returned to court where he paid a bond of €300 and a neighbour made a cash payment of €2,000.

He has now been remanded in custody to a date in July to allow for preparation of the Book of Evidence.

Mr Tighe was arrested and charged with the offences on Monday.

Today he gave an undertaking to abide by bail conditions which include signing on at Claremorris Garda station twice a week.

He also agreed not to apply for any travel documents and to furnish a mobile telephone number to Gardai.

The charges relate to an alleged offence on June 1, 2013.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has instructed the accused to stand trial at the Central Criminal Court on the manslaughter charge.

On Tuesday, the court heard Mr Tighe’s partner was standing by him following the death of their first child and the two remained a couple.

The court heard that gardai had gathered substantive evidence over a lengthy three year investigation including several medical reports from three separate doctors in relation to the death.

It heard Mr Tighe had co-operated fully with Gardai at all stages of the investigation.

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