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Man accused of Dublin imprisonment asks for passport back so he can go on holiday

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The alleged incident took place at Casana View in Howth
The alleged incident took place at Casana View in Howth

A MAN awaiting trial accused of false imprisonment of a mother and her young daughter at their home in Howth in Dublin is to make a court application to get his passport back so he can go on a two-week holiday.

The alleged aggravated burglary occurred at a house at Casana View, Howth on the morning of Dec. 13, 2013 at approximately 9:15 am.

Eammon Brennan (35) of Woodfarm Cottages, Palmerstown, D20 and Declan Murphy (49) with an address at North Frederick Street in Dublin city-centre, were charged last month and appeared again at Dublin District Court on Wednesday.

Judge Anthony Halpin heard the book of evidence was not ready and he granted the State an adjournment to allow for its completion. He noted that it is a complex case involving 100 statements, 80 exhibits and a three-volume garda file including forensic and telephone evidence.

Solicitor Eoin Lysaght, for Mr Murphy, told the court his client intended to make an application to have his bail conditions changed. He said it would be made at a later date and the application will include a request for the return of his client's passport to allow him go on a two-week holiday. The judge heard there will be a garda objection to the request.

The pair were remanded on continuing bail to appear again in January.

They are charged with false imprisonment of the mother, who is in her mid-forties, and the girl, then aged 8, at their home. They are also accused of unlawfully possessing a crowbar during the incident and theft of the woman's car. Mr Brennan made no reply to the charges and Mr Murphy, replied “not guilty” when he was charged, the court heard at an earlier hearing.

As a condition of bail they must stay away from Howth, Co. Dublin and not to have any contact, directly or indirectly, with the woman and her daughter. They had to provide a mobile phone number on which they can be contacted by gardai 24 hours a day.

The DPP has directed trial on indictment, meaning the case should go to trial before a circuit court judge and jury. The pair were granted legal aid at their first hearing on Oct. 5 last.