Man accused of menacing calls to family of murdered Cameron Blair remanded in custody

The family of the late Cameron Blair informed gardaí that they were deeply emotionally impacted by the alleged threats
Man accused of menacing calls to family of murdered Cameron Blair remanded in custody

Noel Barry allegedly made four phone calls to the family of the late Cameron Blair. File picture. 

A man accused of making grossly offensive and menacing phone calls to the family of Cameron Blair, who was murdered in the city earlier this year, has been remanded in custody for a fortnight.

Noel Barry, who wore a grey tracksuit and a coronavirus protective mask, was brought into Courtroom 1 at Cork District Court today having been refused bail at a special sitting of the court on Sunday.

The accused man was not required to speak during the brief hearing today.

Defence solicitor, Eddie Burke, said that everything had been dealt with at the Sunday hearing of the court.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis applied to have the accused remanded in custody for a fortnight to allow time for directions to be obtained from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Judge Olann Kelleher remanded him in custody until September 18 when the court appearance will be by video link from prison.

Where a defendant is refused bail at district court level it is open to them to re-apply for bail at the High Court in Dublin although there was no indication today of such an option being taken.

The defendant is in custody for alleged offences under Section 13 of the Post Office (Amendment) Act 1951.

Detective Garda Pat Connery said on Sunday at the bail application that Noel Barry, aged 45, of Cherry Tree Road, allegedly made four phone calls to the family of the late Cameron Blair last Friday between 9.30pm and midnight.

The family recorded two of the calls. It is alleged that threats were made to Noel Blair, father of the deceased.

His family were allegedly told to "fuck off back to England".

Mr Blair indicated that, during the calls, he was warned that his family would "never be safe".

Mr Blair reported that, in another call, he was told to get his "Loyalist friends" so they could "sort this out on the streets of Shankill Road".

Det. Garda Connery said that the family of the late Cameron Blair informed him that they were deeply emotionally impacted by the threats.

Det. Garda Connery objected to bail for the accused citing the seriousness of the charges and the potential of offences being committed if Noel Barry was granted his freedom.

Solicitor Eddie Burke said his client had fully co-operated with gardaí and had voluntarily made himself available to gardaí.

He stated that he had attended at Togher Garda Station and had arranged for his family to hand his phone into investigating officers.

Mr Burke was appointed to represent the 45-year-old who is on disability benefit. The murder of student Cameron Blair occurred in January when he was fatally stabbed at a house party on Bandon Road.

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