Sunday 18 February 2018

Singing priest's son to face drug and assault trial in new year

Tom Tuite

ROSS Hamilton, the son of singing priest Fr Michael Cleary, was remanded on continuing bail yesterday on charges of assault and unlawful possession of cannabis.

Mr Hamilton, whose well-known clerical father died in 1993, appeared at Dublin District Court for a second time since he was charged.

He was remanded on bail pending directions from the DPP. Mr Hamilton (33), of Whitworth Road, in Phibsboro, in Dublin, is accused of assault causing harm to a male, breach of the peace and being intoxicated in public at Prospect Way, in Glasnevin, Dublin, on October 1 last.

He also faces charges for simple possession of a quantity of cannabis and violent behaviour at Mountjoy garda station on the same date.

Judge Anthony Halpin was told that the DPP's directions were not yet available and asked for the case to be put back for four weeks.

Directions are being sought in relation to whether the case should stay in the District Court or instead be sent forward to the Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.

Judge Halpin asked the defence if there was agreement to the prosecution's application.

Emmet Nolan, defending, spoke briefly with his client in court to take instructions and then said: "There is consent to a January date."

Judge Halpin remanded Mr Hamilton on continuing bail to appear on January 7.

Following the death of Fr Cleary, it was revealed that he had fathered two children with his housekeeper Phyllis Hamilton with whom he had a relationship for 26 years.

Their first child was given up for adoption, while their second son, Ross, lived in Dublin at the parochial house in Harold's Cross with Fr Cleary and Phyllis, who died in 2001.

Irish Independent

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