Faulty tag sees judge absolve rape accused of bail breach
A judge has thrown out a charge of breach of bail after a court heard there were previous issues with a G4S electronic tag.
Ruling he couldn't be satisfied a breach had occurred, Judge Sean O'Hare was critical of the tag operator in the matter.
Tyrone Kelly (22), of Maryvale, Greencastle, Co Tyrone, is on bail on charges of raping and assaulting a female on September 25 last year. Part of his bail conditions requires the wearing of a G4S electronic tag and a curfew.
He appeared at Dungannon Magistrates Court after an early morning arrest at his home.
A police officer told the court that G4S reported Kelly's electronic tag had activated twice on March 9 for short periods between 10pm and 11pm.
Officers attended three hours later, arrested Kelly and charged him with breaching bail terms.
An officer was opposed to bail as there had been another breach the previous day.
A defence lawyer said that since December 22 his client has had 14 similar incidents - 12 of which were false alarms.
Throwing the charge out, Judge O'Hare remarked: "This particular defendant has had an unfortunate history of technical breaches with G4S."
He will appear again at Omagh Magistrates Court later this month.