Man charged with threatening to kill two family members of murdered student Cameron Blair facing trial

A 46-YEAR-OLD year old man who appeared in court today charged with threatening to kill two family members of a student murdered a year ago will be tried by a judge and jury.

A Book of Evidence was served on Noel Barry of Cherry Tree Road, Togher in the Cork District Court by Detective Garda Brid Norris.

Cameron Blair was killed in January 2020

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Cameron Blair was killed in January 2020

He is facing two charges that on September 4 last in the course of a phone call which commenced at 10.57pm he threatened to kill or cause serious harm to a named member of the Blair family, contrary to Section 5 of the Non-Fatal offences Against The Person Act.

It was previously alleged that one of those threats, made during four phone calls to the family of murdered Cork Institute of Technology student Cameron, was made to his dad Noel.

Barry was previously charged for an alleged offence under the Post Office (Amendment Act) 1951.

This charge was withdrawn today for technical reasons and he was charged with an amended count, effectively for the same alleged offence of sending messages which were grossly offensive and menacing to Noel Blair.

Barry made no reply when charged.

Blair, 20, was stabbed in the neck at a house party on Bandon Road in Cork and died on January 16 last in Cork University Hospital.

He was a native of Ballinascarthy, in West Cork and a second year chemical engineering student in the Cork Institute of Technology.

During an earlier hearing, Detective Garda Connery alleged that Barry made four calls to the Blair family.

PHONE CALLS

He said one of the calls was not answered but two others were recorded and handed in to the Gardai.

It was alleged that in these, the Blair family was warned that they would never be safe and there were threats to kill or seriously harm them.

The family was also allegedly told to f*** off back to England.

He said that the caller also told him to get his “Loyalist friends” so that they could “sort this out on the streets of Shankill Road”.

Free legal aid was previously assigned to Barry as he is on disability benefit and he had been remanded on bail.

Judge Olann Kelleher sent the case forward for trial at Cork Circuit Criminal Court on February 1 next.

However, trials are not being heard during Level Five lockdown so it is not anticipated that the trial will go ahead next month.

Judge Kelleher told Barry that he needed to abide by the terms of his bail.

These include signing on at Togher Garda Station three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and have no contact of any kind with the Blair family.

Mr Barry must also stay out of West Cork, be of good behaviour and abstain from intoxicants.

A teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons pleased guilty to Cameron’s murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a review of the sentence in November 2032.

Cork, Ireland – The Sun