Tuesday 17 January 2017

Ex-Rihanna minder 'abused and goaded gardai', court is told

Geoffrey KeatingKeating was head of security for pop star Rihanna
Geoffrey KeatingKeating was head of security for pop star Rihanna

A former head of security for pop star Rihanna allegedly accosted two senior detectives while on bail charged with harassing a garda sergeant via messaging app Viber, Blanchardstown District Court heard yesterday.

Geoffrey Keating, who worked for Rihanna for two years, has been ordered as part of his continuing bail to have no contact with Sergeant Brendan Carey, Detective Sergeant Gavin Ross and any gardai save through his solicitor, Terry Hanahoe.

Mr Keating (38), of Woodbank Drive, Valley Park, Finglas, is charged with harassing Sgt Carey from his home address on August 21, 2016.

Threatening

He was before Judge David McHugh yesterday, when the court heard it will be alleged that Sgt Carey received a number of threatening messages from Mr Keating on his private mobile phone via the Viber app.

Sgt Carey had given Mr Keating his mobile number previously while investigating a different matter.

Mr Hanahoe told Judge McHugh that he had just received a large amount of disclosure in the case. He asked the judge for a further adjournment. The solicitor for the Director of Public Prosecutions said Det-Sgt Ross had evidence of two incidents of breach of bail conditions by Mr Keating.

Det-Sgt Ross told Judge McHugh that, at 10.30am on Wednesday this week, two detectives from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) were accosted by Mr Keating in Woodbank Drive in Finglas.

He said it will also be alleged that, later that day, Mr Keating went to a school in Finglas and was abusive and threatening to members of staff.

Det-Sgt Ross said gardai were called and Mr Keating was abusive to them, and "was videotaping them and trying to goad them into action".

Judge McHugh said he would ask Mr Hanahoe to speak to his client and advise him of the situation. He released Mr Keating on bail and remanded him to a date later this month.

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