No bail for Aer Lingus people smuggling accused

Frederick Cham
Frederick Cham

AN Aer Lingus worker charged with organising people smuggling at Dublin Airport has been further remanded in custody pending the preparation of a book of evidence.

Frederick Cham 61, of Railway Cottages, Hazelhatch, Celbridge, Co. Kildare but originally from Hong Kong, is charged 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 had been refused bail in January and appeared again at Cloverhill District Court. Judge Victor Blake made an order remanding him in continuing custody to appear again on July 4 next.

At a previous court appearance, Det Gda Lorcan Tighe had told Judge Victor Blake that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has directed that Mr Cham is to face in trial on indictment.

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

Co-defendant, Peter Kernan, 56, of the Old Rectory Lodge, Celbridge, Co. Kildare had been granted bail in March and is due back in court next week to be served with the book of evidence and returned for trial. The DPP has directed that Mr Kernan will also face trial on indictment.

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 Mr Cham.