Pig’s head was sent in post to garda

A 45-year-old Dublin man has appeared in court in connection with sending a pig’s head in the post to the home of a garda.

Brendan Mahoney, of 74 Cabra Park, Dublin, is accused of posting a packet containing a menacing article — a pig’s head — on Jan 26 last.

The charge was brought under new legislation — section 55 of the Communities Regulations (Postal Services) Act 2011 — at Kilrush District Court.

A Garda investigation was launched last January after the arrival of the severed animal’s head to the home of the Co Clare garda.

Sgt Ronan O’Hara said he served the book of evidence on Mr Mahoney. Judge Pat Durcan remarked “interesting charge Sgt O’Hara” after reading the charge.

Mr Mahoney is being sent forward for trial to the next sittings of Ennis Circuit Court on Oct 16.

Counsel for Mr Mahoney, Thomas O’Donnell BL, applied for two counsel to represent Mr Mahoney “due to the complexity of the case”.

Mr Mahoney only spoke to confirm that his solicitor was Michael Hanahoe of Parliament St, Dublin.

Addressing Mr Mahoney, Judge Durcan told him that if an alibi formed part of his defence, he had 14 days in which to provide such evidence to the State.

Sgt O’Hara said that Mr Mahoney could be further remanded on bail on the same terms, which include him staying out of Clare.

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