A SENIOR attorney charged with murder has withdrawn a request to change his bail conditions.
Iarmuid Rossa Phelan, 53, a law professor, is accused of killing father of four, Keith Conlon, in a shooting on farmland in Dublin in February.
His lawyers were due to apply to Dublin District Court today to change the bail conditions, but Judge Patricia Cronin was told this is not going ahead now.
She adjourned the case to follow the DPP’s instructions.
Mr Phelan is accused of murdering Mr Conlon on February 22 at Hazelgrove Farm, Kiltalown Lane, Tallaght.
Mr Conlon, a dog breeder from Kiltalow Park in Tallaght, was seriously injured in an incident in the countryside at the foot of the Dublin mountains and was pronounced dead in hospital two days later.
DPP orders are required in the case, and the court had previously heard that other charges were being considered.
Mr Phelan was excused from attending when his case came into court today for a motion to change bail.
Defense attorney Brian Coveney said this is not going ahead “at this time” but that the Gardai will be notified 48 hours in advance should a request be made.
Judge Cronin remanded the defendant in his absence on bail until September 1. She said his lawyers should notify him to appear at the next appointment.
A previous motion to change bail conditions was granted by Judge Bryan Smyth last month. This was for a temporary variation in conditions over six days in August.
The purpose of this change was not specified in open session.
In May, the court briefly suspended bail to allow the defendant to go on a “short trip” for two days.
The Supreme Court refused to release Mr Phelan on bail in March, but the following month the Court of Appeal overturned that decision and released him on bail of €100,000 conditionally.
The bail conditions said he must observe a night curfew at a Garda-approved address, report daily to a Garda station, and be reachable by mobile phone.
He had to give Gardaí access to all his Irish and foreign bank accounts.
He must stay away from Tallaght and his properties in Wexford and must not have contact with any witnesses for the prosecution in the case.
The attorney had to surrender his passport and was not allowed to leave the state, join a rifle club, or buy firearms.
Earlier in the bail proceedings, it was heard that he had shot a dog with his rifle or, when the dog’s owner and his companions protested, that he had taken the revolver and fired three shots in their direction.
Mr Phelan claimed he was subjected to various threats while on the farm.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/barrister-53-accused-of-dad-of-fours-murder-withdraws-application-to-change-his-bail-terms-41931710.html Lawyer, 53, accused of murdering father of four withdraws request to change his bail conditions