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This addict claimed his partner lost twins so he could get bail

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Darren O’Shea
Darren O’Shea

THIS IS the heroin addict whose claims his partner had miscarried twins were alleged to be a lie by the State in court this week.

Darren O’Shea (36), of Casement Avenue, Tralee – who is remanded in custody in relation to criminal damage charges – appeared before Limerick Circuit Court on Thursday.

During the sitting, O’Shea appealed for bail to attend the double funeral ceremony set for October 7.

The State, however, objected to bail, counterclaiming there were no twins.

State solicitor Aidan Judge said the core of the bail application was based on O’Shea’s claim that his partner was pregnant with twins when she miscarried and the application was based on this false premise.

He said the State did not accept that O’Shea’s partner was carrying twins when she miscarried at seven weeks.

Detective Sergeant Declan Liddane, head of the Kerry Divisional Drugs Squad, alleged that O’Shea has a serious heroin addiction.

Detective Liddane said that on the instructions of the State Solicitor, Mr Judge, he went to Gleasure’s Funeral Home in Tralee on Wednesday.

He met with the funeral director, Graham Gleasure, and had been instructed to request to view the contents of the two coffins.

One had a breastplate with the inscription ‘Aaron O’Shea RIP 2/8/2016’.

This coffin contained a child’s t-shirt, family photos, a lock of adult human hair, and a little four-inch white box with a sticker with the name of O’Shea’s partner and a five-digit number on it.

This contained something wrapped in tissue.

It was not specified in court what was in this box.

The second white coffin had the name ‘Darren O’Shea’ on the breastplate.

It contained a child’s t-shirt, family photos, a lock of adult human hair, and a little toy elephant.

Detective Liddane said this coffin contained no biological material.

Brian McInerney, counsel for O’Shea, said the prison authorities were prepared to allow O’Shea make a private visit to the funeral home in Tralee, but “would not go down the road” with his request to attend a Mass of the Angels ceremony.

Judge Tom O’Donnell agreed to a submission by Mr McInerney not to allow Mr Judge introduce medical records relating to O’Shea’s partner into evidence.

Judge O’Donnell said it is an enormous tragedy to lose twins in a pregnancy.

He said he had to look at the application in a cold, dispassionate way and he refused bail.

He urged O’Shea to consider the offer of a private visit to the funeral home.