Prisoner tried to use fellow inmate’s mother’s home as bail address

August 28, 2022

An application for bail by a Donegal man was withdrawn after a court heard the place the accused was due to stay in was the home of another prisoner he had met in jail but did not know.

Francis Lynn is currently on remand in Castlerea Prison.

The 38-year-old is charged that, on May 22, 2022, at Milltown Court, Kilmacrennan, he had with him a knife, which had a blade or which was sharply pointed.

He told the court in recent weeks that he had found it difficult to get legal representation.

However, Lynn appeared at Letterkenny District Court this week where he was legally represented.

Lynn’s solicitor initially sought bail for his client saying he had secured an address and was willing to pay a €1,000 surety and give assurances that he would stay out of Donegal.

However, Garda Sergeant Sean McDaid said Gardai had grave reservations about the address saying he understood the homeowner was an elderly woman whom Lynn “did not know from Adam.”

Sgt McDaid said he understood the woman was the mother of another prisoner whom Lynn had met while in custody who said he could stay with his family.

Lynn’s solicitor said he had literally just come on record for Lynn and that in light of this information he wanted to withdraw the application.

Judge Brendan O’Reilly adjourned the case until September 5th to allow for a plea or a date for the case to go ahead.

Legal aid was granted with Lynn on long-term disability and a statement of means is to be provided to the court.