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Aer Lingus worker charged with people smuggling to face Circuit Court trial

Peter Kernan
Peter Kernan

AN Aer Lingus worker charged with organising people smuggling at Dublin Airport is to face trial on indictment, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has decided.

Peter Kernan, 56, of the Old Rectory Lodge, Celbridge, Co. Kildare has been remanded on continuing bail pending the preparation of a book of evidence.

He had been charged earlier with facilitating the entry of non-nationals into the State on Jan. 9 and Jan. 22 last.

He was arrested as part of an investigation by the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

He appeared again at Dublin District Court yesterday/today (TUE) when Judge Fiona Lydon was told the DPP has directed that Mr Kernan is to face trial on indictment.

This means his case will go before a Circuit Court judge and jury.

Judge Lydon remanded him on continuing bail to appear again on June 13 when it is expected he will be served with the book of evidence and returned for trial.

Gardai have seized his passport and his bail terms state he has to reside at his home address and notify gardai of any change, sign on three times a week at Leixlip Garda station, provide gardai with a mobile phone number on which he can be contacted at all times, not apply for a new passport and have no contact directly or indirectly with co-accused Frederick Cham.

Aer Lingus employee, Mr Cham, 61, of Railway Cottages, Hazelhatch, Celbridge but originally from Hong Kong, was refused bail earlier and is due to appear again at Cloverhill District Court later this month. The DPP has directed that Mr Cham is also to face in trial on indictment.

They have not yet indicated how they will plead.