Tuesday 25 September 2018

Squat man wins stay of execution over arrest


The father-of-three pleaded guilty to stealing €10,000 in 2006 and 2009.
The father-of-three pleaded guilty to stealing €10,000 in 2006 and 2009.

A MAN who was directed to leave properties at Grangegorman, Dublin, and who has been found in breach of court orders has been granted a temporary stay on his arrest until next Thursday.

Court of Appeal President Mr Justice Sean Ryan yesterday granted Stephen Bedford a stay on execution of a High Court order for committal against him.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan last week ordered that Mr Bedford be jailed for 14 days or until such time as he purges his contempt of the judge's order directing all those 'squatting at the properties in Grangegorman to leave by May 4.


Mr Justice Ryan heard that Mr Bedford will next week make an application for a stay on execution of his arrest, pending an appeal of the order against him, which will be heard in July.

Nama-appointed receiver Luke Charleton had secured the High Court order after claiming up to 50 people were seen entering and exiting the properties at Lower Grangegorman and North Brunswick Street despite the judge's order of last March directing that they be vacated.

The court previously heard that Mr Charleton wants to sell the properties to contribute towards the repayment of a debt of €21.9m owed by businessman Paschal Conroy.

The court previously heard that, since the group moved in, the occupants had established a garden where they grow food, run an art gallery space, cafe space and circus workshop.

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