Tag is removed to ‘take children swimming’

Judge's court wig and hammer or gavel
Judge's court wig and hammer or gavel

A Lisburn man who is awaiting trial on drugs offences has had an electronic tag removed to allow him to take his children to the swimming pool.

Daniel Paul Mulholland appeared in the dock of Craigavon Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, where an application to vary his bail condition was made.

The 33-year-old father-of-two from Mandeville Avenue in Lisburn is facing two drugs offences relating to the seizure of 60kg of cannabis with an estimated street value of £320,000, and is due to stand trial later this year.

He was granted High Court bail last year, with a midnight to 7am curfew and wearing an electronic tag two of the conditions.

Arguing for the removal of the tag, his lawyer said it caused him embarrassment and prevented him taking his children swimming.

After hearing submissions, Judge Stephen Fowler ordered that the tag be removed from Mr Mulholland, and said it was a “matter for the police to check whether or not he is honouring his curfew”.