A former gang criminal imprisoned for 18 years for his part in a ‘tiger’ kidnapping has been accused of having a mobile phone in prison.
Aschal Kelly (56) was recently arraigned in Blanchardstown District Court and charged with the offence.
Judge David McHugh returned Mr Kelly on bail in his own €100 bail to appear in court again on a date in May.
The accused, with a previous address in Cootehill, Co Cavan, appeared in Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of a mobile phone at Wheatfield Jail on November 19, 2019.
A custody witness said Mr Kelly did not respond to the charge after a warning.
Justice McHugh ordered the disclosure of any statement relating to the allegation and adjourned the case.
The judge assigned defense attorney Roy O’Neill to free legal aid.
Judge McHugh asked if Mr Kelly would like to take a certain course on the allegation, but was told that the defendant did not yet wish to plead against the charge.
In February 2019, Kelly was jailed for 18 years for a €92,000 post office robbery and ‘tiger’ kidnapping in which three women were tied up and abducted.
Kelly was part of a three-man gang that broke into the post-mistress’ house in Malahide on September 25, 2014.
The gang used cable ties to bind her, her daughter and an Italian student who was staying at the house.
The women were taken to a field where they were held overnight before the gang drove them to the Bayside post office.