Kildare town man with 10 bench-warrants tells court he can't afford €500 surety to get bail

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Kildare town man with 10 bench-warrants tells court he can't afford €500 surety to get bail
11:31 Sunday 17th of March 2019

A Kildare town man with 10 bench-warrants appeared before Naas District Court and the court heard how he could not afford a surety of €500, so the Judge ordered that it was reduced to €200.

On Wednesday, the 29-year-old, charged with handling €1,000 worth of stolen property, appeared before the court.

Sgt Jim Kelly said that he objected to bail on the basis that the accused has 10 benchwarrants, two in 2018 and eight in 2017.

Defence Barrister Aisling Murphy said:"His partner had a baby yesterday. He is someone who would like to say goodbye to his family. I would ask you to give him a chance. He had a very serious drug addiction."

Sgt Kelly said: "He has not turned up on 10 occasions, I would be looking for a surety."

Judge Zaidan ordered that he has been remanded in custody, with consent to bail, on a bond of €500.

Defence said that the accused could not afford €500.

Judge Zaidan reduced it to €300 and Defence said that the accused could not afford €300.

Judge Zaidan said: "I am doing him a favour reducing it from €500 to €300."

Judge Zaidan then reduced the surety to €200, which was lodged by the accused.

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