This followed Judge Gerard Keyes remanding Brendan Mahony in custody pending his trial for the alleged offence of sending the pig’s head to the home of a garda in January 2012.
At Ennis Circuit Court yesterday, solicitor for Mr Mahony, Michael Hanahoe, confirmed his client would be pleading not guilty to the alleged offence when he stated that a trial will be required in the case.
Mr Hanahoe told the court yesterday there would be no application for bail.
Mr Mahony, of 74 Cabra Park, Dublin 7, was initially due to stand trial in 2013 but it did not proceed after he failed to turn up while on bail.
This occurred after Judge Keyes varied Mr Mahony’s bail conditions in June 2013 to allow him go on a sun holiday to Spain and he only returned from Spain yesterday — 21 months later — after being extradited.
Judge Keyes varied the terms of bail in June 2013, noting that there was no objection from the State.
At the circuit court in July 2013, a bench warrant was issued for the arrest of Mr Mahony after he failed to show.
At Ennis Circuit Court yesterday morning, assistant state solicitor Aisling Casey told the court Mr Mahony was due to arrive back at Dublin airport at lunchtime on a flight from Spain.
Sgt Ronan O’Hara flew to Madrid on Wednesday and accompanied Mr Mahony back on the Ryanair flight that arrived into Dublin Airport yesterday shortly after noon from Madrid.
In court yesterday, Sgt O’Hara gave evidence of executing the arrest warrant for Mr Mahony at Dublin Airport.
Ms Casey told the court the State now has possession of Mr Mahony’s passport and applied that he be remanded in custody to Ennis Circuit Court for the call over of circuit court cases on March 23 next.