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Thursday 18 July 2019

Fr Cleary's son to pay case expenses

Tim Healy

THE son of the late Fr Michael Cleary may get the benefit of the Probation Act if he pays ?220 witness expenses in relation to public order and cannabis possession charges against him, the Dublin District Court heard yesterday.

Ross Hamilton (27), with an address at Mount Harold's Terrace, Harold's Cross, Dublin, pleaded guilty last October to seven charges relating to three separate incidents between December 2003 and September 2004.

He was back before the District Court yesterday when a pre-sentence probation report was presented to Judge Gerard Haughton. After reading the report, Judge Haughton noted that during the case, a total of ?220 witness expenses had been incurred as part of the preparation of the case against him on one set of charges.

"If he is prepared to pay those expenses, I am prepared to take a relatively lenient view," the judge said.

Mr Hamilton's solicitor said he was on social welfare and was willing to pay the expenses if given some time. Judge Haughton remanded him on continuing bail to June 28 for payment of expenses.

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