A 60-year-old man accused of aggravated assault and holding a woman against her will at a home in South County Dublin has been granted bail.
a Gillen of Caryfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin was charged with false imprisonment, assault and threats to kill or cause serious harm to her.
The incident allegedly occurred on December 23, 2022 at a residential address in Monkstown.
The defendant made “no answer” when Detective Sergeant Rachel Kilpatrick charged him and Blackrock Garda Station on Saturday morning. He was then brought before Dublin District Court.
Judge John Hughes found that the DPP had presided over the prosecution process in the District Court, which has wider jurisdiction.
Detective Sergeant Rachel Kilpatrick declined bail due to flight risk concerns. She said the defendant booked a one-way flight to Australia later this month.
The official expressed concerns that he would start a “new life” there.
However, she agreed with defense attorney Maeve MacCabe that the defendant was cooperative in the arrest.
The lawyer informed her that later that month her client would be traveling to Australia for a sporting event attended by his now-deceased son earlier. She also told the court that Mr Gillen had a one-way ticket to Australia because he also intended to visit friends in New Zealand.
The attorney argued that her client had strong ties to that jurisdiction, noting that he had family and property here.
The court heard he recently retired on a hefty bonus but now has an ad hoc consulting job at a video production company. He was also being treated for a medical problem.
Judge Hughes was told that the defendant also voluntarily submitted the information he intended to travel to Australia.
The court also heard that his son’s examination will take place in the New Year.
The defendant has not addressed the court and has not yet indicated a plea.
Judge Hughes noted the objections presented in court and the defendant’s circumstances. He stressed that this was an allegation and that he had the presumption of innocence.
Denial of bail would result in “immense and prolonged hardship” for the defendant and his family.
He released Mr Gillen on bail of €500 but told him to surrender his passport to Gardai within 24 hours and not to request duplicate travel documents. He also instructed him to sign at a Garda station once a week, reside at his current address, or notify Gardai of any change of residence.
He said the defendant was not allowed to have any contact with witnesses and had to be reachable by cell phone at all times.
Judge Hughes ordered him to appear in Dun Laoghaire District Court on December 2 to be served with a book of evidence.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/man-with-one-way-ticket-to-australia-is-given-bail-as-he-faces-charges-of-false-imprisonment-and-assault-42121329.html Man with one-way ticket to Australia is released on bail on charges of false imprisonment and assault