09 Aug 2022

Derry murder accused refused bail to spend time with his child

Karol Kelly
A man charged with the murder of Karol Kelly in Derry on March 4 this year has been refused compassionate bail to spend time with his child. Sean Anderson (20), of Grafton Street in Derry, is charged with one count of murder. At today's sitting of the local Magistrate's Court, an application was made that he be granted a period of compassionate bail to spend some hours with his partner and child. Defence solicitor Kevin Casey told the court there had been a similar application in August shortly after the child was born. On that occasion, Anderson had been released to an address in Belfast approved by police and under the supervision of family members. He said he was making a similar application on this occasion. A police officer told the court police were opposed to bail being granted due to fears that Anderson was facing a possible lengthy sentence and may abscond. The officer also said the murder had led to a 'lot of tension' in the city and graffiti had appeared and police were concerned about the threat to Anderson. The police officer said they could not see any reason why the child could not be brought to the prison. Mr Casey put it to the officer that he seemed to have no specific objections apart from the usual statutory ones. He said his client was not looking for a complete release nor even a period of days. Mr Casey told the court Anderson was looking for 'a short period to spend quality time with his partner and young child.' The solicitor said that the security concerns were not relevant as Anderson would not be coming to the city. District Judge Barney McElholm said that his concern was that Anderson could' run.' He said the case of James Donegal who had fled the jurisdiction after being granted bail had not helped and as a result the bench had to approach these matters 'with a degree of trepidation.' The judge said he did not see why the child could not be brought to the prison and a room set aside for a period of time. He refused bail due to the risk of the defendant fleeing the jurisdiction. The case was adjourned until January 10. My KOB-L09. On O2.

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