Judge denies bail to Keith O'Hara in trespass case; murder probe continues

Judge denies bail to Keith O'Hara in trespass case; murder probe continues
Keith O'Hara is charged with trespass to commit an assault

THE brother of a 55-year-old man found dead at his home on Bandon Road said today that someone killed his brother and now he was afraid he would be killed too.

Arising out of the investigation of the murder of Paul Jones at his home on Bandon Road, Cork, on September 4, there was an objection today to bail being granted to Keith O’Hara of 27 Cahergal Avenue, Mayfield, Cork, who is charged with trespass to commit an assault causing harm at 108 Bandon Road on September 4.

Detective Garda Joe Young testified at Cork District Court, “It was a sustained violent assault where (Paul Jones) received a number of stab wounds and a serious injury to his head.” 

Paul Jones (55) originally from Mayfield, who was found murdered in his home on Bandon Road, Cork.Pic Provision
Paul Jones (55) originally from Mayfield, who was found murdered in his home on Bandon Road, Cork.Pic Provision

Detective Garda Young said the strength of evidence was one of the grounds for objection to bail for Keith O’Hara at Cork District Court.

Another one of the grounds was the fear that he would interfere with witnesses.

A brother of the deceased, Liam Jones, was asked what his view would be about Keith O’Hara being released on bail.

Liam Jones said, “I am terrified he would come after me. Someone killed my brother… I was thinking I could be next.” 

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said the standard for refusal of bail did not arise and that it should be granted. 

He said there was no evidence of the likelihood of interference with Liam Jones.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said Liam Jones had real fears and there was the possibility of interference with the witness.

Judge Olann Kelleher refused bail and remanded the accused in custody until October 10.

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