Compassionate bail granted to man accused of murdering Dublin teen
A judge has granted compassionate bail to allow a man charged with murder to attend his father's funeral.
At the Central Criminal Court today Mr Justice Tony Hunt heard that Trevor Noone (28), with an address at Whitestown Avenue, Blanchardstown, wished to leave custody after the sudden death of his father.
Mr Noone is due to go on trial next year for murder in relation to the death in 2010 of 17-year-old Daniel McAnaspie at Tolka Valley Park, Blanchardstown.
At a brief hearing today Detective Sergeant Dan Callaghan of Blanchardstown Garda Station said he objected to bail as he believes Mr Noone is a flight risk. He said there had been 12 bench warrants issued for Mr Noone in the past and he is concerned he will not return to prison after his father's funeral.
He also agreed with counsel for Mr Noone, Michael O'Higgins SC, that he sympathises with Mr Noone on the death of his father and that "it would be desirable to let him out to pay his respects."
Det Sgt Callaghan said that he had spoken with Mr Noone's sister who had agreed to remain with her brother should he be granted bail.
Justice Hunt said that if Mr Noone breaks the conditions of his release he would be unlikely ever to be given bail by a judge again.
He told him he could leave custody today and be back by 6pm.
He will be allowed to leave prison again on Saturday at 11am to attend his father's funeral and must return to custody by 6pm.
He is not allowed to go anywhere other than an address in Blanchardstown and the church where the service will be held.
Justice Hunt also stated that he must remain sober, be contactable on his sister's mobile phone and keep the peace.
He was released on a bond of €300.
By Eoin Reynolds