Dublin socialite posts bail for garda friend
A well-known Dublin businessman and socialite posted bail for a garda charged with coercive control, sexual assault and harassment of his former partner over a three-year period.
Sources have confirmed the high-profile businessman posted €4,000 for the garda as he is his “best friend”.
On June 11 the garda appeared in court charged with coercive control, criminal damage, sexual assault, causing harm, and harassment of his former partner over three years.
The woman told the garda’s bail application at Dublin District Court that she felt “in danger”. The garda, who is in his 40s and cannot be named for legal reasons, is currently suspended.
He was remanded in custody with consent to bail after the judge said he was entitled to the presumption of innocence. He was also granted free legal aid at Dublin District Court. Bail of €8,000 was later paid, half of which was submitted by the businessman.
The serving garda was brought before the court by detectives from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI).
He faces 35 charges, including four counts of causing harm, two sexual assault allegations, 10 counts of criminal damage, a threat to kill, endangerment of life, four thefts, coercion, harassment and offences contrary to the Post Office Act in relation to alleged communications with his former girlfriend.
The woman, who cannot be named, made a detailed statement exceeding 250 pages, setting out the allegations against her former partnerT
“They were committed for the sole purpose of controlling her life and exercising control over her,” Inspector Cormac Brennan said in court, adding that “they were part of a grand scheme”.