27/04/2006

Border Fox granted extended leave

Former INLA man, Dessie O'Hare, also known as Border Fox, has been granted an extended period of temporary release by the prison service in the Irish Republic.

Mr O'Hare, originally from County Armagh, was serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and mutilating Dublin dentist, John O'Grady, in 1988.

At the time, it was revealed that O'Hare had cut off parts of the dentist's fingers after a ransom demand was not been met.

The victim was rescued by police and Dessie O'Hare was later captured by Gardai in County Kilkenny.

It is understood that he took a High Court action and was declared a qualifying prisoner under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

The conditions of the release mean that he must report to Castlerea prison in a few weeks time, and providing that he abides by the terms and conditions of the early release, his freedom is likely to be extended again.

(EF)

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