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Bail address not suitable for Greysteel killer's son

The son of Greysteel killer Stephen Irwin has been unable to satisfy the PSNI with a bail address, Newry Magistrates Court has heard
The son of Greysteel killer Stephen Irwin has been unable to satisfy the PSNI with a bail address, Newry Magistrates Court has heard

By Donal McMahon

The son of Greysteel killer Stephen Irwin has been unable to satisfy the PSNI with a bail address, Newry Magistrates Court has heard.

Richard Mailey (25), with an address at Tirowen Drive in Lisburn, is charged with aggravated burglary with intent to steal, possession of an offensive weapon, two threats to kill and burglary on April 20.

The accused breached his previous bail by fleeing an address in the Belvoir estate due to a "paramilitary attack".

The court had agreed to bail terms for the defendant, but the PSNI blocked his bail yesterday due to "unsuitable addresses" provided by defence.

Mr Mailey is charged in relation to incidents in Ballymartin with threats against two males as well as the theft of an iPad, a charger and £45.

A defence lawyer said his client, who remains in Maghaberry Prison, was "exceptionally vulnerable".

"I don't know how we will progress this further with bail as the police are pulling the strings," said the lawyer.

"We have provided an address with the Simon Community in Larne, but it is not suitable for the PSNI.

The lawyer added: "He previously breached his bail as he was subject to an attack."

District Judge Eamonn King highlighted that the courts had agreed to bail conditions and that the defendant was in Maghaberry Prison because of the breach he committed.

The case was adjourned to September 11 for a preliminary inquiry.

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