A MAN who breached his bail conditions on a number of occasions was again released on bail at last week’s District Court, after providing an independent cash surety along with his own cash bond and giving the court an assurance that he would abide by the conditions.
Adam Graham, with an address listed at 68 Rutland Grove, Crumlin, Dublin 12, was charged with being intoxicated, using threatening behaviour in public, dangerous driving and driving without insurance, at Kilnacourt Woods, Portarlington, on October 4 this year. He was previously released on his own bail, with conditions that he must sign on daily at the garda station, he must adhere to a curfew and he must keep out of Portarlington town. It was also a condition that he must reside at 9 Highfield Meadows, Portlaoise.
At last week’s court, Garda Padraic Ryan gave evidence that the only condition Graham has stuck to is signing on at the garda station. Garda Ryan said that Graham was found to be absent from Highfield Meadows on six occasions in breach of his curfew, between October 6 and October 25, and on one occasion he was detected in Dublin. He was also detected in a public house in Portarlington on October 22, as well as the town’s main street and Railway Street.
Garda Ryan said that there were further charges to come against the defendant, including driving offences and an assault on a garda.
Defence for Graham said her client had experienced difficulties with his own mother at the family home and had left the house.
“He was living there a few weeks but she was finding it very stressful,” said defence, adding that Graham had switched addresses without telling the gardaí. Defence offered a new address of 18 Millbrook, Portlaoise and said that Graham promised to abide by the conditions of his bail.
Defence also said that Graham maintained he had not been in Portarlington on the date given by Garda Ryan.
Judge Catherine Staines said that bail conditions are set for a reason and people can not just change address without informing the gardaí. She remanded Graham in custody until he provided an independent cash surety of €200 and his own bond of €100. The judge said that he must comply with all conditions and reside at 18 Millbrook. Graham posted bail and the matter was put back to December 5.