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Sunday 21 October 2018

O'Hare bail changed so he can go on trip to Lourdes with his wife

Dessie O’Hare is accused of assault and false imprisonment
Dessie O’Hare is accused of assault and false imprisonment

A man accused of assault, false imprisonment and threatening to kill has had his bail varied by the Special Criminal Court so he can go to Lourdes with his wife next month.

Dessie O'Hare (61), of Slate Rock Road, Newtownhamilton, Co Armagh, is charged with assaulting John Roche, causing him harm, committing violent disorder and threatening to use unlawful violence at The Towers, Garter Lane, Saggart, Co Dublin. He is also facing three charges of false imprisonment, of Martin Byrne, at Rathcoole and Saggart, and Lisa Byrne and Brandon Byrne, also at The Towers.

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Mr O'Hare has also been charged with threatening to kill Martin Byrne or cause him serious harm.

The alleged offences all date from June 9, 2015.

Mr O'Hare has previously been given a trial date of April 29 next year and was granted bail. He was before the court looking for a variation of that bail yesterday.

His barrister, Mark Lynam, applied for a relaxation of his bail conditions from July 6 to 12 to allow him to visit Lourdes with his wife.

Mr Lynam said that the prosecution, also present, had seen a letter from the parish priest organising the trip.

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, presiding, with Judge Gerard Griffin and Judge Gerard Haughton, agreed to vary his bail on the condition that his travel documents be supplied to the court.

With the exception of his trip to Lourdes, he must sign on at a garda station twice a week and obey a curfew from midnight to 5am.

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