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Tralee courthouse2A self-described ex patriot ‘freeman of the land’ made an application to have the terms of his bail amended at a recent sitting of Tralee District Court, which would enable him to travel to the UK.

33-year-old Paul Travis Cooke, who had been resident in three temporary addresses in the Killarney area, was charged with an alleged assault at a previous sitting.

Solicitor Eimear Griffin told the court her client wished to travel to the UK on August 7th and was seeking to have the terms of his bail amended and his passport returned so he could travel.

Judge James O’Connor asked Mr Cooke what his business was in Ireland.

Mr Cooke said he was here for the purpose of ‘tourism’ that he had been previously based in Afghanistan and had a disabled pension from the US Military of $2,900 per month.

He said he wished to travel to the UK “to get more stable” and “to live with his fiancée” and had booked a return flight from Glasgow to Belfast.

Judge O’Connor said the alleged serious assault was “a nasty one” as the lady in question had suffered a broken nose.

He asked Mr Cooke’s solicitor if her client understood what would happen if he didn’t return that a bench warrant would be issued. Mr Cooke said he did.

Mr Cooke’s passport was returned to him – it’s understood he has since left the jurisdiction.