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Sunday 22 October 2017

Mum uses life savings for murder bid suspect

A Dublin man, who is wanted in Northern Ireland over the attempted murder of a police officer, has been granted bail in the High Court after his mother agreed to a €30,000 surety, paid out of her life savings. (Stock photo)
A Dublin man, who is wanted in Northern Ireland over the attempted murder of a police officer, has been granted bail in the High Court after his mother agreed to a €30,000 surety, paid out of her life savings. (Stock photo)

A Dublin man, who is wanted in Northern Ireland over the attempted murder of a police officer, has been granted bail in the High Court after his mother agreed to a €30,000 surety, paid out of her life savings.

The court heard that Sean Farrell (32) was arrested in Dublin on March 23 on a European Arrest Warrant, which sought his surrender to the Northern authorities for attempted murder and possession of explosives with intent to endanger life.

Barrister Leo Mulrooney, counsel for Farrell, who is currently detained at Portlaoise Prison, said his client was granted bail on the condition that an independent surety of €30,000, with €25,000 to be lodged into court, be approved.

Counsel said that Farrell's mother, Monica Farrell, of Kilfenora Road, Crumlin, Dublin, agreed to the independent surety to satisfy the bail conditions.

The conditions also include that Mr Farrell provides a €5,000 cash surety of his own, signs daily at Sundrive Garda Station, surrenders his passport and resides at his mother's home.

Mr Justice Donald Binchy warned Ms Farrell that if her son fails to abide by the bail conditions she may lose the full €30,000, which, the court heard, was the product of her life savings.

Satisfied

Barrister Tony McGillicuddy, for the State, said the Minister for Justice was satisfied that details of Ms Farrell's bank account showed she was in a position to act as an independent surety.

Mr Farrell was arrested last month at his place of work in Dublin. Ciaran Maguire (29), of Kippure Road, Finglas, Dublin, was also arrested in relation to the same charges.

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