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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Muslim convert on murder charge has passport held

Victim Andrew Guerrine
Victim Andrew Guerrine

A man charged with the murder of his cousin, whose body was found on a country laneway in south Dublin two years ago, has been granted bail by the High Court.

Senior gardai had expressed concerns that Stephen Tynan (40) was a flight risk and would not turn up for his trial.

Detective Inspector Colm O'Malley said Mr Tynan was a Muslim convert and it was possible that he would seek "sanctuary" abroad and gardai would be unable to bring him back to Ireland.

Defence lawyer Seamus Clarke said the assertion that someone was a flight risk based on their religion was "highly discriminatory". Mr Clarke said no one would object to someone's bail because he "was a Catholic and could flee to Italy".

Mr Tynan, of Knockmore Park in Tallaght, is charged with the murder of 37-year-old Andrew Guerrine. A co-accused has not yet applied for bail.

Slashed

The murder allegedly happened at a place unknown between Knockmore and Killinarden estates, Tallaght, on May 23, 2015.

Mr Guerrine's body was found at Steelstown Lane in Rathcoole on May 23, 2015. He had multiple stab wounds and his throat had been slashed.

Det-Insp O'Malley objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charge and the strength of the evidence.

Det-Insp O'Malley told the court the post-mortem showed Mr Guerrine was stabbed 20 times, with the stabs penetrating his skull and spine.

He said the cause of death was haemorrhaging from multiple stab wounds.

Det-Insp O'Malley accepted that the case against Mr Tynan was circumstantial.

Ms Justice Carmel Stewart granted bail in Mr Tynan's own bond of €3,000 as well as an independent surety of €10,000.

As part of his bail conditions, he must sign on at Tallaght Garda Station, surrender his passport and observe a curfew.

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