A Portlaoise man who was allegedly caught in possession of knife while out on strict bail conditions was granted further bail at last week’s district court.
David Condon, 32 Mountain View Square, Portlaoise, was out on bail pending two charges of the unauthorised taking of a car. Conditions of his bail were that he was to observe a curfew, and sign on at the garda station.
He was brought back before last week’s court, where Garda John Paul O’Brien said he was objecting to bail on the defendant, as he alleged he had caught Condon the day before with a knife following a lengthy foot chase.
“I have a fear of what he was going to do with (the knife),” said Garda O’Brien.
The garda told the court that Condon has otherwise observed his bail conditions.
Defence, Mr Declan Breen said that Condon’s mother was exercising control over him and there was a regime in place at home to ensure he remains of good behaviour.
“The regime obviously wasn’t working yesterday,” replied Garda O’Brien.
Judge Catherine Staines agreed to extend Condon’s bail, with the same conditions still in place.