Warrant issued as 'pig's head' accused fails to show for court
A JUDGE has issued an arrest warrant for a man charged in connection with sending a pig's head to the home of a garda.
At Ennis Circuit Court yesterday, Judge Carroll Moran issued the warrant for the arrest of Brendan Mahoney (45), of Cabra Park, Dublin 7, after being informed that he has failed to return to Ireland from a holiday in Spain.
At the same court last month, Judge Gerald Keyes varied Mr Mahoney's bail conditions to allow him to go on holiday by making a court order for the return of his passport.
Judge Keyes noted that there was no objection from the State.
Yesterday, in court, counsel for the State, Stephen Coughlan, said that Mr Mahoney "has not returned to the jurisdiction".
He said: "I am informed that Mr Mahoney's name didn't appear on the flight's manifest on the return flight."
Mr Coughlan said that he was applying for the warrant in order to obtain an international arrest warrant "and these things take time".
Mr Mahoney is accused of posting a packet on January 26 last year that contained a pig's head.
The charge is brought under new legislation being contrary to Section 55 of the Communities Regulations (Postal Services) Act 2011.
A garda investigation was launched after the arrival of the animal's severed head to the home of a Co Clare Garda.
Mr Mahoney was first charged in relation to the alleged offence at Kilrush District Court in July of last year.
The case has been adjourned a number of times before Ennis Circuit Court.
Judge Moran yesterday fixed a date for the trial to commence in October of this year.