A Catholic priest dealing with drug prices within the US is not prevented from journeying to Ireland to provide proof in a dispute regarding him and his siblings over their late mother’s will.
The High Court heard the previous day that regardless of being on bail, New York-based Fr Michael O’Leary isn’t always barred from coming to Ireland to offer proof inside the will dispute.
The case came earlier than the court in advance this month when Fr O’Leary’s legal professionals sought an adjournment because of problems concerning his availability to provide proof following his arrest. The court becomes informed he had long past right into a rehab program.
Fr O’Leary intends to give proof in the will dispute.
Yesterday, Fr O’Leary’s attorneys said their client had made touch with them over the weekend and knowledgeable them that he had completed his drug rehabilitation programme. Fr O’Leary’s American attorney cautioned that the criminal fees towards Fr O’Leary stand adjourned until early July and are not going to be disposed of till October.
Michael Hourican, for Fr O’Leary, said that “rather”, the phrases of his client’s bail do now not prevent him touring to Ireland. Fr O’Leary’s American legal professional also stated it was feasible he ought to obtain a custodial sentence if he’s convicted by way of the New York Court while the crook case is sooner or later disposed of.
Previously, the courtroom heard that Fr O’Leary (50) turned into arrested by New York police in the early hours of St Patrick’s Day, March 17, when they observed him and some other guy in a car.
Investigating officers claim they recovered 1/2 an oz of methamphetamine, scales and different materials used for packaging drugs following a seek of the vehicle.
Fr O’Leary changed into charged with criminal possession of a managed substance with the rationale to sell and counts of crook use of drug paraphernalia and the crook possession of a controlled substance.
In proceedings pending earlier than the High Court, 4 of his siblings – Nora Harpur, Barry O’Leary, Tadgh O’Leary, and Marie O’Leary – have delivered a motion against each Fr O’Leary and their brother John O’Leary.
The movement is aimed toward setting apart the desire in their late mom Elizabeth O’Leary, who died in September 2014.
The 4 siblings are seeking for an order condemning a will made using the late Ms. O’Leary of Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin, in 2009 on grounds such as that she turned into no longer of sound mind while it was carried out.
It is claimed the family domestic turned into left to the defendants, while the residue of the estate become left to the opposite siblings.
It is likewise alleged that undue impact became exerted on Ms. O’Leary by using the defendants while she turned into preparing and executing the 2009 will. The claims are denied.