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Saturday 16 December 2017

Man accused of sending pig's head to garda faces trial

Brendan Mahony
Brendan Mahony

A MAN accused of sending a pig's head to the home of a garda has been remanded in custody.

Judge Gerard Keyes remanded Brendan Mahony pending his trial for the alleged offence in January 2012.

At Ennis Circuit Court yesterday, Mr Mahony's solicitor Michael Hanahoe confirmed that his client would be pleading not guilty and there would be no application for bail.

Mr Mahony, of Cabra Park, Dublin 7, was initially due to stand trial in 2013 for the alleged offence but it did not proceed after he failed to turn up for a court appearance while on bail.

This happened after Judge Keyes varied his bail conditions in June 2013 to allow him go on holiday to Spain and he only returned from there yesterday - 21 months later - after being extradited.

Judge Keyes varied the terms of bail in June 2013, noting that there was no objection from the State.

At the circuit court in July 2013, a bench warrant was issued for Mr Mahony's arrest when he failed to show.

At Ennis Circuit Court yesterday, assistant state solicitor Aisling Casey said Mr Mahony was due to arrive back at Dublin airport at lunchtime on a flight from Spain.

passport

"Is this a case involving a head of an animal?" Judge Keyes asked. "This is the man who went on two weeks holidays and didn't come back?"

Sgt Ronan O'Hara flew to Madrid on Wednesday and accompanied Mr Mahony back on the Ryanair flight that arrived at Dublin airport shortly after midday yesterday.

Ms Casey said the State now has possession of Mr Mahony's passport and applied that he be remanded in custody to Ennis Circuit Court for the call over of circuit court cases on March 23.

Mr Hanahoe said the accused has no issue with the application, but applied that he not be produced in court for that date.

Judge Keyes said he must be produced as he will be remanded in custody to that date.

Mr Hanahoe said Mr Mahony is also applying that he be remanded to the Midlands Prison.

Judge Keyes said he would note that the application was made, but it was a matter for the prison authorities.

Judge Keyes granted legal aid for Mr Hanahoe and a junior counsel.

Mr Mahony is accused of posting a packet on January 26, 2012 that contained a pig's head.

An investigation was launched after the arrival of the head at the home of a Co Clare garda.

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