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Man accused of 'Mago' murder plot is granted bail despite objections

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Stephen Fowler is charged with involvement in the attempt to kill James ‘Mago’ Gately, a Kinahan cartel target

Stephen Fowler is charged with involvement in the attempt to kill James ‘Mago’ Gately, a Kinahan cartel target

Stephen Fowler is charged with involvement in the attempt to kill James ‘Mago’ Gately, a Kinahan cartel target

A man charged with involvement in the attempted murder of Kinahan cartel target James 'Mago' Gately has been granted bail, despite the objections of gardai.

Stephen Fowler (61), of Blakestown Cottages, Clonsilla, is one of two men co-accused at the non-jury court, charged with the offence.

Mr Gately was shot multiple times as he sat in his car at the Topaz filling station on the Clonshaugh Road, Dublin 17, on May 10, 2017.

Imprisonment

The charge alleges that the accused, between December 7, 2016 and April 6, 2017, both dates inclusive, within the State, with knowledge of the existence of a criminal organisation, and with the intention of enhancing the ability of the said criminal organisation, or any of its members, to commit a crime or a serious offence, namely the murder of Mr Gately, participated in or contributed to activities connected with the said offence.

Detective Garda Suzanne Lyons told Maddie Grant, for the DPP, that she arrested Mr Fowler by arrangement on foot of a warrant at 3.35pm at Blanchardstown Garda Station on July 1.

At the Special Criminal Court yesterday, Det Gda Lyons objected to bail being granted, based on the seriousness of the charges, which carry a maximum penalty of 15 years' imprisonment, and on the basis that Mr Fowler was a flight risk.

Defence barrister Michael Bowman said his client had answered previous bail, that he met Det Gda Lyons by arr- angement knowing he would be arrested and that a family member would lodge €7,000 as a surety.

Mr Bowman said Mr Fowler's daughter would provide an address at which he could live.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Alexander Owens ordered that €20,000 be made available from Mr Fowler as his own bond, but that no lodgement was necessary at this time.

Granting bail, Mr Justice Owens ordered that Mr Fowler should live at his daughter's address, be available to gardai by phone 24 hours a day, surrender travel documents, not leave the jurisdiction and not apply for a passport.

Mr Fowler must also sign on at Blanchardstown Garda Station daily between 9am and 9pm and not have contact with his co-accused nor witnesses in the case.

Custody

The defendant was remanded in custody with consent to bail to September 14, when he is expected to be served with the book of evidence.

His co-accused, Peter Keating (39), of Rowlagh Green, Clondalkin, is accused of the same offence and of directing the activities of a criminal organisation between December 7, 2016 and April 4, 2017, inclusive, within and without the State.

Mr Keating, who was not in a position to apply for bail on the day, is remanded in custody to the same date for service.