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Louth man on attempted murder charge has bail revoked

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Louth man on attempted murder charge has bail revoked

Central Criminal Court

A Louth man awaiting his second trial for an allegation of attempted murder has had his bail revoked by the Central Criminal Court for breaching his curfew.

Paul Crosby (22) of Rathmullen Park in Drogheda is charged with attempting to murder Gerard Boyle (22) at Knockcommon, Beauparc, Slane in Co Meath on November 10, 2016. His trial is due to begin in February. A previous trial ended when the jury found him not guilty of a second charge of attempted murder but could not agree a verdict on the other charge.

Justice Paul McDermott today said Mr Crosby was granted bail earlier this year on condition that he live at his mother's home and obey a curfew from 7pm to 8am. Justice McDermott said he had heard evidence from gardai that since he took up bail in October Mr Crosby has breached his curfew conditions four times. He was arrested at a house in the Moneymore estate, some distance from his curfew address, on Sunday November 11 at 10.50pm by Garda David Rothwell.

Through his counsel Mr Crosby apologised to the court and asked for another chance. Justice McDermott said the breaches of bail were "cavalier" and it is hard to see how his apology is anything other than hollow. He said the Central Criminal Court does not expect people to treat its orders in this way and "thumb their nose at the court and gardai". He said he has no confidence the conditions will be obeyed and revoked Mr Crosby's bail.