A mother-of-three has been accused of obstructing prosecution of the alleged killer of a woman who was found stabbed to death at her Dublin home.
Eirdre Arnold, 40, has been charged in Dublin District Court in connection with the alleged murder of mother-of-two Lisa Thompson in Ballymun earlier this year.
She is on trial on the charges and Judge Gerard Jones granted her bail and adjourned the case to create an evidence book.
Ms Arnold, of Briarfield Grove, Kilbarrack, is charged with knowingly acting to prevent the arrest or prosecution of a person alleged to have committed the murder of Lisa Thompson.
The offense under Section 7 of the Criminal Justice Act is believed to have taken place between 9 May and 11 July this year in Greater Dublin.
Ms Thompson, 52, a former youth worker, was found dead at her home in Sandyhill Gardens, Ballymun, on May 10.
Garda Jennifer Keegan told the court she arrested Ms Arnold at 8.17am this morning at her home and took her to Ballymun Garda station where, after being cautioned at 9.57am, she made no reply to the charges.
The Garda had no objection to bail under conditions they outlined. Judge Jones asked her what the case was about.
She responded that in connection with the investigation into Lisa Thompson’s murder, it was alleged that Ms. Arnold had a hand in obstructing the prosecution of the “lead offender.”
Judge Jones granted the defendant bail of €100 and an independent bond of €500.
Under certain conditions, Ms. Arnold must continue to live at her home address, register twice a week at Raheny Garda train station, observe a curfew between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., hand in her passport to Garda and not apply for a new one.
She must also provide Gardai with a telephone number and must not have direct or indirect contact, including electronic means, with any witnesses in the case, including a co-defendant.
Defense attorney Edward Bradbury asked the court not to require an independent surety, saying his client was arrested over the summer and has lived at the address given ever since.
It was her home address where she lived with her children and Gardai were in regular contact with her.
She “didn’t walk away” and had never been to court before, Mr Bradbury said. The guarantee put her at a disadvantage, and there was “no sense or reason” for that. The defense agreed to the other terms.
“She looked into this matter over the summer and made no attempt to evade justice,” he said.
Gda Keegan said she was seeking bail given the seriousness of the crime, which carries a possible 10-year sentence.
However, she said prosecutors are happy to accept a cash deposit in lieu of the bond.
The DPP led the indictment process in the Central Criminal Court, Gda Keegan said. Judge Jones remanded the accused in custody and agreed to bail so he could appear in court again on November 17. The judge granted free legal aid.
Dressed in a gray track top, dark bottoms and white runners, Ms Arnold did not speak in court during the brief hearing and has not yet filed charges.
She is the second person to be charged in connection with Ms Thompson’s death.
Brian McHugh (37) of Cairn Court, Ballymun, appeared in court in July charged with the murder of Ms Thompson.
Ms Thompson was last seen two days before her body was found on the afternoon of May 10.
A concerned neighbor had raised the alarm just after 3pm that day by calling 999 and locating an ambulance. When paramedics arrived at the house, they called Gardai.
Ms Thompson’s body is believed to have been at her home for some time before it was discovered.
She was discovered with multiple injuries, including stab wounds.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/mum-of-three-accused-of-impeding-the-prosecution-of-lisa-thompsons-suspected-murderer-42136990.html Mother of three accused of obstructing the prosecution of Lisa Thompson’s alleged killer