Second man charged in Mullingar abduction case

Marvin Canning, brother-in-law of Northern Ireland’s deputy First Minister, Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness, continues to be held on remand, as far as I’m aware, on charges of causing grievous bodily harm, false imprisonment and possessing a gun with intent – on the grounds that the court was “satisfied there are substantial grounds for believing there is a risk of interference with witnesses”. And today RTÉ reports that a second man has been charged in connection to the adbuction of a couple in Mullingar in April this year. Sean Walsh, a 29-year-old man from Sligo, has been charged with burglary and the false imprisonment of Brendan Cranston and his partner Linda Doherty . As the RTÉ report notes

Detective Sergeant Willoughby said that gardaí were objecting to bail because the witnesses in this prosecution feared for their personal safety and there were concerns about the possibility of intimidation. An application was made on behalf of Mr Walsh for him to be released on bail, but after examining a passport presented to the court, Judge Neilan remanded Mr Walsh in custody to Cloverhill Prison to appear again at a sitting of the district tomorrow in Granard.