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Sunday 26 January 2020

Rejected Smith bail man was surety for other terror suspect

Dundalk woman Lisa Smith is being held in Limerick Prison
Dundalk woman Lisa Smith is being held in Limerick Prison

A GAA fan who was rejected as an independent surety for Lisa Smith put forward bail money for another terror suspect.

Alleged Islamic State (IS) member Ms Smith (38) spent Christmas in jail after Dublin District Court rejected the individual who offered to act as her independent surety.

The court heard Smith family friend Paul Grimes had offered to put up the €5,000.

However, Judge Alan Mitchell rejected the application due to his previous convictions, which include the assault of referee Martin Sludden after he awarded a controversial goal to Meath in their 2010 Leinster football final victory over Louth.

During the special sitting on Christmas Eve, the court heard Grimes had previously acted as an independent surety in a separate case.

Obligation

In his argument to have the independent surety verified, Peter Corrigan, for Ms Smith, said that "post these convictions, he acted as a surety in a serious terror offence" in which "£20,000" was put forward to ensure the accused in that case turned up for trial.

Judge Alan Mitchell heard that case related to a "good friend" of Grimes, who "took the obligation seriously and made sure the defendant attended" court.

Gardai had objected to Grimes acting as an independent surety for Ms Smith due to his previous convictions.

The offences went back more than 40 years and included two convictions for assault in 1977 and 1978 and robbery and criminal damage in 1980.

He was convicted and fined for assault in 2010 following the Leinster football final.

Louth were on course to claim their first title since 1957 when Joe Sheridan bundled the ball over the line to score a late goal and seal victory for the Royals.

There was a pitch invasion and referee Martin Sludden was assaulted by a number of Louth supporters, including Grimes.

Asked if there was any other person available to put forward the bail money for Ms Smith, Mr Corrigan said the Smith family come from a very poor part of Dundalk and "there have been issues".

After hearing the objections from gardai and arguments from Mr Corrigan on behalf of Grimes, Judge Mitchell rejected the application.

Ms Smith was granted bail by the High Court last week but remains in Limerick Prison.

She is charged with membership of IS between October, 28, 2015 and last December 1, both dates inclusive.

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