Notorious rapist is locked up for breaching bond
CONVICTED rapist Trevor Byrne has been remanded in custody for two weeks after he continually breached the conditions of his release.
Byrne (36), of O’Devaney Gardens, Dublin, had been released from an eight-year sentence for the attempted robbery of a woman at her Dublin home on September 15, 2009.
His defence counsel had asked for Byrne to be remanded on bail until the next sitting because if he was sent back to prison he might “make every effort to end his own life”, but this request was turned down.
Judge Patricia Ryan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court had suspended the final two years of the sentence on condition that Byrne enter a bond and abide by strict terms.
Two of these conditions were that Byrne keep an 8pm to 8am curfew and stay off alcohol.
Yesterday, he was brought back before the court for allegedly breaching several of these terms.
The circuit court is currently on a break, but Byrne was brought before Judge Martin Nolan who was sitting into the holidays to deal with the Anglo Irish Bank trial.
Defence counsel John Fitzgerald BL asked for the case to be adjourned for two weeks to allow Byrne to appear before Judge Patricia Ryan who had been dealing with his case.
Judge Nolan said he took into account Byrne’s very serious previous convictions and his personal problems.
“He has breached the terms of his release and that is incredibly serious,” e said.
The judge ordered that Byrne be remanded in custody until April 29 when Judge Ryan will decide whether to activate the two-year suspended portion of his sentence.
Last week the court heard about further breaches by Byrne of the terms of his release.
Det Gda Brendan O’Hora told Judge Ryan that he called to Byrne’s address at 9.50pm last Thursday after arranging a home visit through the Probation Service.
He said he rang the doorbell and tried knocking on the door but there was no answer.
He said he was sitting outside in his patrol vehicle at 10.05pm when he saw Byrne walking towards the house with a bag. When confronted, Byrne showed the detective that it contained six cans of cider.
Det Gda O’Hora said Byrne claimed he needed alcohol to stay away from drugs. Refraining from taking drugs is another condition of the suspended part of his sentence.
Byrne has nine previous convictions, including one for which he received a 15-year sentence for orally and vaginally raping an 18-year-old woman.
He was also sentenced to five years in October 2006 after assaulting a 32-year-old woman whose throat he threatened to cut.
It was on his release from that sentence that he carried out the attempted robbery offence, only 14 hours after being let out of jail.
Det Gda O’Hora agreed with John Fitzgerald BL, defending, that he had told Byrne last week about a threat on his life.
The officer added that he was not aware of the level of this threat, and told Byrne he would be calling around in the evening for a home visit.
Probation Officer David Williamson agreed that the extensive media coverage of Byrne had been “problematic” for the Probation Service in finding him a home. He said Byrne had to change address six times in 20 days.
Judge Ryan noted that Byrne had tried to comply with the terms of his bond. She said he “has to realise the gravity of his situation”.