Four in total before courts in relation to Tallaght death
Bail granted despite objections that one defendant had previously absconded
Gardaí at the scene near the pedestrian bridge, Priorsgate, St Dominic’s Road, Tallaght, near where Dale Creighton was assaulted before his death. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins
Four people have been before the courts in relation to the death of 20-year-old Tallaght man Dale Creighton following an alleged assault on New Year’s Day.
Strict bail conditions were imposed on Ross Callery (20), of Westpark Estate, Tallaght, who was charged with violent disorder, and James Reid (23) of Homelawn Crescent Tallaght, who was charged with producing a knife during a violent disorder.
Both defendants appeared before Judge John O’Neill at the Dublin District Court in separate arraignments today.
Yesterday, Graham Palmer (24), with an address at Homelawn Road, and Aisling Burke (20) of Bolbrook Grove, Tallaght, were both charged with violent disorder.
All four defendants were granted bail and remanded to appear before the District Court Number 3, at the Criminal Courts Complex on January 16th.
Giving evidence of arrest and charge in the prosecution of Mr Callery, Det Garda Kieran McGrath of Tallaght Garda station said CCTV footage had placed Mr Callery at the scene of the alleged assault at a pedestrian bridge at Priorsgate, St Dominic’s Road, Tallaght, at 4am New Year’s Day, the time of the alleged assault. He said Mr Callery had acknowledged he was at the scene.
Det Garda McGrath told Judge O’Neill gardaí objected to bail, partly because Mr Callery had previously failed to appear to answer charges in relation to another matter while out on bail. He said further charges may be forthcoming.
However, solicitor Eddie O’Connor, for Mr Callery, said his client was prepared to accept conditions which included a cash bail bond of €2,000, an undertaking to reside at an uncle’s house in Brittas, Co Dublin, and keeping away from Tallaght.
He also agreed to a nighttime curfew, not to contact the other named defendants, not to apply for a passport, and to sign on at Rathcoole Garda station on a daily basis.
In a separate hearing, Garda Brian O’Connor of Tallaght Garda station gave evidence of arrest and charge of James Reid. He said gardaí objected to bail because Reid had five previous convictions, two for drugs, two for public order issues and one for handling a weapon.
He also said there was concern about potential interference with witnesses and fears that the defendant might abscond.
Judge O’Neill said he was granting bail on condition that Reid lodge a cash bond of €2,000 and give an undertaking not to contact any other defendants in cases relating to the alleged assault.
He also made it a condition of bail that Reid absent himself from the Tallaght/Dublin 24 area unless visiting his legal team. Further conditions imposed included that Reid sign on at a specified Garda station three days a week and facilitate Garda efforts to check the conditions of the bail.