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Kinahan associate Glen Holland’s cell was searched in late August by gardaí ínvestigating alleged witness intimidation

Kinahan associate Glen Holland’s cell was searched in late August by gardaí ínvestigating alleged witness intimidation

Kinahan associate Glen Holland’s cell was searched in late August by gardaí ínvestigating alleged witness intimidation

A Kinahan associate arrested by gardaí investigating alleged witness intimidation during the Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe murder trial has been charged with having a phone behind bars.

Glen Holland appeared before Dublin District Court on Friday where the court heard that he was allegedly caught with the illegal device in prison last month.

The 38-year-old, from the north inner city, is currently serving a six-year jail term for firearms offences in Mountjoy.

The court heard it is alleged that Holland had a mobile phone in the jail without the permission of the Prison Governor on October 2.

Gardaí said there was no CCTV evidence in the case and the matter was adjourned to a date in January.

Holland appeared in court but did not speak during the brief hearing.

Holland's cell was previously searched in late August by gardaí investigating witness intimidation linked to the Det Gda Adrian Donohoe murder trial.

Charger

Detectives from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) carried out the search which led to a mobile phone, a charger and a notebook being recovered.

Officers from the Prison Service's Operation Support Group (OSG) were also involved in the search which was carried out days after Aaron Brady was found guilty of capital murder of Det Gda Donohoe in 2013.

Glen Holland was also one of seven people arrested as part of the ongoing garda inquiry into witness interference.

He was detained on October 8 and quizzed for a number of hours by detectives from the NBCI's Serious Crime Review Team before being released without charge.

Garda killer Brady was also arrested as part of the same investigation earlier this month after being taken from his cell in Portlaoise Prison. He was later released without charge.

Also arrested was Dean Byrne (28), a violent north Dublin criminal with over 120 convictions who is currently serving a lengthy sentence in Mountjoy for aggravated burglary.

Concerns were repeatedly raised during the murder trial by gardaí and the prosecution about the interference with key witnesses in the case.

Video

In May, it emerged that a video of a key witness giving a statement to gardaí was leaked on social media with comments branding him a "rat" and a "tout".

The presiding judge Mr Justice Michael White described it as the most outrageous contempt of court he had ever come across.


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