Thursday 19 September 2019

Bail set for pipe bomb accused

A 56-year-old man accused of having a pipe bomb on a date last year, has been granted conditional bail.

John Traynor, 53 Marleys Court, Drogheda, was brought in custody before a vacation sitting of Dundalk district court last Thursday.

Detective Garda Karl Mannion gave evidence of arresting the defendant at 53 Marleys Court at 8.49pm the previous night, 7 August, 2019. He was subsequently charged and cautioned.

The defendant is accused of knowingly having in his possession an explosive substance, to wit five fuses and a length of improvised copper wire, components for a pipe bomb, at 53 Marleys Court on 10 December, 2018.

Det Gda Mannion said there were no objections to bail with strict conditions.

John Traynor was granted his own bail of €500, €250 cash lodged. He must sign-on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Drogheda garda station, and surrender his passport, among other conditions.

Sgt Ray Brady said the DPP has directed a send forward for trial, and that the matter can be tried in the ordinary courts, rather than the Special Criminal Court.

Judge Gibbons remanded the accused on bail to Drogheda court on 4 October next, by consent, and extended time for service of a book of evidence.

Legal aid was granted for a solicitor and barrister.  

Drogheda Independent