Dungannon ‘hate crime’ accused refused bail


A Dungannon man accused of criminal damage, disorderly behaviour, threats to kill and attempted intimidation of a residence/occupation has been denied bail.

Gary Ashley Smyth, 30, of Lisnclin Court, Dungannon appeared via videolink from Maghaberry for the hearing.

The investigating officer in the case outlined to the court the reasons why police were objecting to bail. The constable explained that the bail address proffered by the defendant was in close proximity to the injured party. She also outlined that it was in an area with a high population of foreign nationals and given that the case was being treated as a ‘race hate crime’ it wouldn’t be suitable for the defendant to live there.

The Constable also outlined that on two previous occasions when Mr Smyth was granted bail by the courts he failed to stay at the addresses which he had given to police.

A defence solicitor for Mr Smyth told the court the reason for the bail application was that his client had already served 4 and half months in prison at present. District Judge John Meehan refused the application saying ‘his track of how he treats bail and addresses gives me no confidence.’