Sligo woman who pleaded guilty to impeding the apprehension of a man for a killing in the town has been granted bail

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Sligo woman who pleaded guilty to impeding the apprehension of a man for a killing in the town has been granted bail

The Sligo woman's case was heard at the Central Criminal Court

Janice Brady (29) of Maryville Hostel, Finisklin, Sligo, was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court in November 2017 and pleaded guilty to impeding the apprehension or prosecution of a man between August 2 and August 3, 2015 at an address in Sligo, knowing or believing that the man was guilty of a killing.

The State objected to Ms Brady’s bail application.

At Friday’s bail hearing, Inspector Tom Colsch told Paul Murray SC, for the State, that gardai were objecting to bail under the “O’Callaghan principles” and Section 2 of the Bail Act.

This section allows a court to refuse bail if the court is satisfied such refusal is necessary to prevent the person committing a serious offence while on bail.

The witness told Mr Justice Michael White that there was a strong likelihood that if Ms Brady was granted bail she would reoffend and return to her drug habit.

Under cross-examination by Joe Barnes BL, defending, Insp Colsch agreed that Ms Brady has provided clear urine tests over a period of time, engaged with addiction counselling and made significant strides in relation to her rehabilitation.

Insp Colsch accepted that the defendant had been incarcerated for a period of two years and six weeks and the maximum sentence in relation to this offence is ten years.

Mr Justice White said he was comforted by a letter from the Peter McVerry Trust offering Ms Brady sheltered accommodation in Drumcondra for a period of six months and he was prepared to release her on bail conditions for that amount of time. The judge said the defendant's urine analysis had not tested positive for any illegal substance and he was not unduly concerned that she would try to evade justice.

The terms of bail include that Ms Brady enter her own bond of €100; reside for a period of six months in sheltered accommodation provided by the Peter McVerry Trust; remain drug and alcohol free for the six month period; take proactive steps in her recovery; sign on three times a week at a garda station; observe a curfew from 10am to 6pm; provide a mobile phone number to gardai and not visit or live in Sligo except for the purposes of visiting her son.

The judge then granted Ms Brady bail saying: “Be careful, your on very strict conditions”.