Dessie O’Hare’s bail varied for Lourdes trip with wife

Special Criminal Court agreed to relaxation of bail for 61-year-old accused of false imprisonment and threatening to kill

Dessie O’Hare pictured in 2015. File photograph: Collins Courts

Dessie O’Hare pictured in 2015. File photograph: Collins Courts

 

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, and committing violent disorder, 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 at The Towers, Garter Lane, Saggart. Mr O’Hare is also charged with threatening to kill Martin Byrne or cause him serious harm and the alleged offences all date from June 9th, 2015.

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

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

Mr Lynam said the prosecution 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.