Wednesday 16 October 2019

Showjumper is remanded on bail

Ciara Galvin

A show jumper who was found guilty of making a gain or causing loss by deception will return to live in Florida before being sentenced on November 12th next.

Michael Kearins with an address at Knockbeg, Collooney was found guilty of the offence by a jury which heard evidence that Seán and Terri Ewing with an address in Majorca had paid Kearins €12,458 for two ponies, however, on delivery, one of the ponies was not the one they had agreed to purchase.

The bail hearing heard gardaí were satisfied the international show jumper resided at an address in Florida.

Kearins told the court he lived at the address and provided the court with his American phone number.

Independent surety of €25,000 was provided by Kieran Kearins which was deemed suitable by the court.

On the basis of the above details, Judge Francis Comerford granted bail without travel restrictions and put the matter back to November 12th next.

Defence barrister Pat O'Sullivan, instructed by Mr Tom MacSharry, solicitor indicated that the matter of compensation would be addressed on that date. It was also heard that a Victim Impact Statement from the Ewings would be made available on that date.

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