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Monday 25 September 2017

'Family feud' man charged with flashing

ROW: Bail for attack accused

A SOUTH Dublin man allegedly involved in an ongoing feud has been accused of exposing himself to and assaulting two members of the other family in the dispute.

Fergal McNulty (41) was charged with indecency following an incident in which he was accused of physically attacking two people near his local court.

He was remanded on continuing bail after a judge refused to bar him from the Dun Laoghaire area.

Gardai had sought the ban because of fears for public safety arising from the feud, in which the other family's home was allegedly shot at.

McNulty, of Barrett Street, York Road, Dun Laoghaire, is charged with two counts of common assault.

The incident allegedly happened at Carrig Avenue, Dun Laoghaire on September 15 last.

He is further charged with exposing himself to the same people "in such a way as to offend modesty".

The prosecuting garda sought an amendment to bail conditions that would prohibit the accused from being in the Dun Laoghaire area. The garda said McNulty was now living at at address at Markievicz House in Dublin 2.



Firearm

He said there was an ongoing dispute between the two parties and there were several other investigations ongoing.

The garda said there had been serious incidents which gave rise to concern by the gardai for the safety of members of the public.

"There was an incident in which the other party in the dispute, there was a firearm discharged at the front of their house," the garda alleged. "That is still under investigation."

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said the matters under investigation would be "completely and utterly denied" by the accused.

Judge Clare Leonard pointed out that it was not alleged that the accused fired this weapon.

"I am concerned that it is being presented on the basis that Mr McNulty is the black sheep here and the balanced picture is not being given to the court," Mr Lynam said.

The garda pointed out that while there were a number of "tit for tat" allegations in the feud, McNulty was the only person charged to date.

Judge Leonard refused to amend bail conditions, saying that the new charge related to the same alleged incident and there was no evidence the accused had breached his bail.

She adjourned the case to a date later this month.

aphelan@herald.ie

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