Wednesday 16 October 2019

Former garda is released on bail


A FORMER garda who had been serving a prison term for corruption offences has been released on bail.

John Joe Synnott, of Camblin, New Ross, was handed down a three-year sentence, the final two years of which were suspended, at Wexford Circuit Court just last July following a trial which lasted nine days and involved 56 witnesses.

Last Thursday, Synnott, who had been serving his sentence in the Midlands Prison, appeared before the Court of Criminal Appeal for a bail application, which was granted. As part of his bail condition, he has to sign on at his local Garda Station, in New Ross, twice a week.

The 55-year-old was found guilty by a jury in April of three counts of fraud relating to an alleged car crash at Newtown Road in Wexford in September 2007.

In handing down sentence, Judge Alice Doyle refused leave to appeal. According to the Courts Service, the former Garda lodged an appeal with the Court of Criminal Appeal in July against his conviction and sentence.

Synnott is now out on bail pending this appeal, however as of yet no date for the appeal has been set.

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