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Fergal Deeney brother granted compassionate bail to attend funeral



Fergal Deeney was found dead on Sunday in a house at Stanhope Street

Fergal Deeney was found dead on Sunday in a house at Stanhope Street

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Fergal Deeney was found dead on Sunday in a house at Stanhope Street

A north Belfast man has been granted compassionate bail to attend the funeral of his older brother, who died of a suspected heroin overdose.

Fergal Deeney (26) died in the Carrick Hill area of Belfast on Sunday and is due to be buried on Thursday.

His 21-year old brother Patrick Deeney - from Antrim Road and who is currently in Hydebank YOC after being charged with offences including wounding and possession of a knife - applied to Belfast Crown Court to be allowed out overnight, and to attend his brother's burial.

Revealing there will be no church service, defence barrister Mark McGarrity asked that his client Patrick Deeney be granted overnight bail which would enable him attend both a service in the Feeney family home, and the burial at Roselawn afterwards.

In response to the request, Crown prosecutor Philip Henry said that while there would be no objections to releasing Deeney, there were objections to the overnight element of the application.

This, he revealed, was due to concerns about an alleged injured party who lives opposite the Feeny family, and who would be unaware of Deeney's overnight release "as police have not yet been able to contact him".

Judge Stephen Fowler QC asked whether police have any further concerns, such as risk of flight or fear of further offending, with Mr Henry saying the main concern was unpredictability "because of the emotion of the day, the proximity of the injured party and the seriousness of the offences".

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Judge Fowler agreed to release Feeney for a period tomorrow to allow him to attend his brother's funeral - both the service at the family home and the burial at Roselawn - but refused to release him overnight.

Urging the PSNI to try make every effort to contact the alleged injured party and inform him of Feeney's compassionate bail, the Judge agreed to release him from 8am to 4pm on Thursday. Feeney has also been banned from consuming alcohol "or any other substance" whilst on bail.

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