Christening dad begs to get bail
A NEW father accused of handling a stolen TV is in a race against time to post €500 cash bail so he makes it to his daughter's Christening tomorrow.
Josh Turner (18) was remanded in custody with consent to bail, but he must lodge €100 as well as provide an independent surety of €400, or €400 cash in lieu of surety.
He begged a judge to grant him nominal bail, saying he would abide by any conditions set by the court. Gardai had objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charge.
Turner appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with handling a stolen TV, worth €700 at his home at Blackhall Street, Dublin 8 on September 30.
Garda Ronan McDermott alleged the TV was found in a search by gardai. He said it was stolen during a burglary at Melrose Avenue in Clondalkin on September 24.
Defence lawyer Emmet Nolan said Turner was only charged with handling stolen property, not burglary, adding the defendant lived with a number of other people at Blackhall Street.
The lawyer said that Turner, who appeared in court on crutches after he damaged ligaments in his leg, was very anxious not to miss the Christening.
Turner was remanded in custody with consent to bail to appear before Cloverhill District Court next Friday.