Knife robbery accused gets bail to have a paternity test
A 23-year-old man facing charges arising from an armed robbery was granted bail yesterday to allow him to take a paternity test.
Daniel Braniff has been on remand since last summer after he was arrested on suspicion of being one of two masked men who robbed a newsagents in Ardoyne at knifepoint.
After his mother was approached by a young woman in December, who claimed he had fathered a baby, an application for bail was made at Belfast Crown Court.
A defence lawyer said his client was seeking bail to allow him to spend time with his grandmother, who is too ill to continue travelling to prison to visit him, and secondly to sort out a "paternity issue".
The barrister revealed that a young woman gave birth to a baby last October, then told Braniff's mother last month that he was the father.
He told Judge David McFarland: "A paternity test has to be carried out, and at present that is difficult because he is in custody. If he is released, that can be attended to and addressed as effectively as possible."
Revealing that Braniff has even asked his family to buy a test off the internet, which would prove to be unreliable, the lawyer added: "If the child is his, this will focus his mind on seeing the child, and getting the paternity issue settled."
Judge McFarland agreed to release Braniff on bail but imposed a ban on consuming drink and drugs and a curfew.
Braniff is due to appear in court later this month on charges arising from the robbery.