A judge has said it was wrong to grant bail to a man who has terrorised his ex-partner after being released by the courts.

Former county councillor Gareth Reid

Former county councillor Gareth Reid

Former Donegal County Councillor Gareth Reid appeared in court yesterday as part of long-running court battle.

Reid, of Lawndale, Ballybofey, has broken a barring order against his ex-partner on numerous occasions despite being warned to stay away from her.

His case was adjourned to yesterday at Letterkenny District Court for a probation report.

A previous sitting of the court heard how Reid warned his ex-partner he would ‘put a bullet between her eyes’ after they had a row.

Judge Paul Kelly said he was gravely concerned at the content in the probation report.

He said Reid was blaming others instead of taking responsibility for his actions and also has serious questions about his attitude.

“I’m concerned about his behaviour and he really needs to address the concerns the court has,” said Judge Kelly.

The court was told Reid currently signs on at his local Garda station three times a week but this was reduced to just one signing.

Solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client had also surrendered his passport and was requesting it back so he could attend a friend’s stag party in the UK.

Judge Kelly granted the application and said he could have the passport from today but must return it on July 21st.

He adjourned the case until January next year.

 


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