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Saturday 19 October 2019

Judge allows father accused of violence to collect his children

Devon Hennessy had his bail conditions amended by a judge
Devon Hennessy had his bail conditions amended by a judge

A father-of-three accused of violent disorder with two other men in a bar has had his bail conditions varied so he can collect his children from school.

Devon Hennessy (24) was ordered to stay out of Corduff Shopping Centre, but argued that this was putting extra pressure on his partner as he could not help with the school run.

Judge David McHugh, at Blanchardstown District Court, adjourned the case to a date in November, when the accused is expected to enter a plea on the charge.

Mr Hennessy, of Sheephill Avenue, Blanchardstown, is charged with violent disorder at Leonard's Bar, Blackcourt Road, last March 7.

The DPP has directed summ-ary trial in the district court on a guilty plea only.

Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said gardai had furnished Mr Hennessy's lawyers with disclosure, including statements, in relation to the allegation.

Pressure

Ms Jackson made an application to vary Mr Hennessy's bail, a condition of which was to stay out of the shopping centre.

She said Mr Hennessy had three children and had to go through the shopping centre car park if he was dropping them off or collecting them.

Ms Jackson said this condition of bail was putting extra pressure on Mr Hennessy's partner.

However, Sgt Geraldine McManigan said there was no consent to the application, saying this was a "bi-monthly application" and gardai had not changed their position.

Judge McHugh said he was willing to amend the condition, allowing Mr Hennessy to cross through the shopping centre and car park during two specific time periods.

He warned Mr Hennessy there was to be "strict adherence" to the new terms.

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