Saturday 16 November 2019

Tiger raid suspect told to 'stay away from Kilkenny'

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

A JUDGE ordered a 24-year-old man to "stay away from Kilkenny" after he appeared in court charged in connection with a tiger kidnapping at the home of a former hurling star.

Stephen Freeman appeared before Kilkenny District Court yesterday charged with false imprisonment, possession of a handgun and attempted theft.

Mr Freeman, of Balcurris Gardens, Ballymun, Dublin, was arrested in connection with the incident on November 3, 2009, at Ballyhendricken, Ballycallan, Co Kilkenny, when bank employee and retired hurler Adrian Ronan's home was raided.

Inspector Liam Connolly said gardai were "a bit reluctant to bail" and he asked the court to attach a number of conditions.

The judge granted bail but ordered Mr Freeman to sign on daily at Ballymun garda station.

He must "stay away from any witnesses" involved in the case, be of good behaviour, keep the peace and "stay away from Kilkenny".

He remanded Mr Freeman in custody until he surrenders his passport to the authorities. He will appear at Kilkenny District Court again next Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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