Wednesday 13 December 2017

Garda accused of harassing women gets to stay on bail

Donal Maguire. Photo: Collins Courts
Donal Maguire. Photo: Collins Courts

A JUDGE has refused to revoke bail in the case of a garda accused of harassing two women over an 18-month period.

Prosecutors asked Judge Anthony Halpin to remand Donal Maguire in custody over allegedly breaching the bail conditions that were set down when he was charged in March.

Garda Maguire (38), who has served at Aras an Uachtarain, is charged with two counts of harassing women on dates between 2012 and this year.

Dublin District Court heard the grounds for seeking bail revocation included an allegation that he had failed to live at a given address.

Judge Anthony Halpin refused to revoke bail, saying he was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the breaches had taken place.

Gda Maguire, whose duties on the force have included security at the President's official residence in the Phoenix Park, was remanded on fresh bail for the preparation of a book of evidence.

The accused, a father-of-four with an address in north Dublin, is charged with harassing one of the women at Jervis Street Shopping Centre on February 7 and March 18 last.

He is also charged with the same offence at Tesco, Clarehall Shopping Centre on dates between September 2012 and 2013.

The last count of harassment is against a second woman, at North Great Clarence Street, Dublin 1 between February 1 and March 19 this year.

The objections to bail were given to the court by Detective Insp Francis Sweeney, who outlined his "concerns".

The application was opposed by Defence Solicitor Matthew Kenny.

On an alleged failure to reside at a given address, Judge Halpin said a reasonable explanation had been given by Mr Kenny. He said a garda who spoke to the accused on July 18 should also have directed the accused to comply with the bail conditions.

Det Insp Sweeney's application stated it was "believed from conversations" that a breach had occurred between July 17 and 18.

Judge Halpin said a belief from conversations was "not good enough".

He said an existing condition on the accused to stay out of the city and county of Dublin was "very very wide and sets someone up for failure".


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