Man given bail so long as he went to hospital

An Offaly man charged with breaching a barring order was last week granted bail on condition he go straight to St Fintan’s Hospital to seek psychiatric help.

Before last week’s district court in Portlaoise was Dean Keenahan, with an address listed at Swag Street, Crinkle, Birr, County Offaly.

He was charged with breaching a barring order at the same address, on December 29 last year.

Evidence was given to the court by Inspector Aidan Farrelly, who explained that Keenahan had allegedly committed the offence against his foster family.

Insp Farrelly said that Keenahan had been sent back to the district court from the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) in Dublin, as there was a section 99 matter in relation to a suspended sentence.

Further evidence was given by Garda Timothy Carroll, who said he had arrested Keenahan on Sunday (December 29) and Keenahan then appeared in the CCJ the next day (Monday, December 30). There was an issue over bail, due to the section 99. Garda Carroll said he had further charged Keenahan, to which Keenahan replied: “Sorry.”

When the case was first called at last week’s sitting, solicitor Mr Declan Breen appeared for Keenahan and said there was a complicated background to the case. A different solicitor, Ms Caroline Egan then presented herself to Judge John Coughlan and came on record as Keenahan’s defence. Ms Egan said there was an issue over her client’s bail, as he was not welcome at home “with either parents”.

She said that Keenahan had been treated in prison and given medication, and he would like to enter the psychiatric unit of the hospital for his difficulties.

“I’ll grant bail, if he gives an undertaking to go straight to hospital,” declared Judge Coughlan.

The judge set bail at €100 and warned Keenahan: “Go immediately to St Fintan’s Hospital.”

The matter was put back to January 22, for mention.


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