Wednesday 13 December 2017

Two accused of withholding Alan Ryan information further remanded

Tom Tuite

TWO men accused of withholding information from gardai investigating the murder of Real IRA leader Alan Ryan have been further remanded in custody with consent to bail.

Alan Ryan, a 32-year-old dissident republican, was shot in the body, legs and head, by a masked gunman on September 3 while walking along Grange Lodge Avenue, in Clongriffin, in north Dublin, near his home.

Last Thursday jobless father-of-one Robert Carroll (27), appeared at Dublin District Court charged under Section 9 of the Offences Against the State Act. He was granted bail, which he has yet to take up, in the sum of €30,300.

He is accused of withholding information which might have been of material assistance in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of a person in connection with the murder.

Thomas Hunt (39) from Canon Lillis Avenue, in Dublin city's north-side, was charged on October 24 with the same offence. He had been remanded in custody with consent to bail in his own bond of €6,000 of which €2,000 must be lodged.

An independent surety in the sum of €10,000 has to be approved to allow him take up bail.

The offence on conviction can carry a possible five-year jail sentence.

Both men had been heckled by Alan Ryan supporters at their hearings last week.

They appeared again at Cloverhill District Court today before Judge John Lindsay and were further remanded in custody with consent to bail. Mr Hunt's case was adjourned until November 28 next while Mr Carroll's case will be next listed on November 14 at the same court.

Earlier in the proceedings, Detective Garda Alan Roche had said that the investigation was complex and involved vast amounts of CCTV, witness statements, phone, computer and fingerprint analysis.

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