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Monday 24 July 2017

Father and son could get electronic tags over false imprisonment charges

Defendant Jonathan Dowdall
Defendant Jonathan Dowdall

A former Sinn Fein councillor and his father, who are accused of falsely imprisoning, assaulting and threatening to kill another man, will find out in the new year if they will be electronically tagged while awaiting trial.

Jonathan Dowdall (38) and Patrick Dowdall (59), both of Navan Road, Dublin, were making bail applications at the Central Criminal Court yesterday.

Each is charged with falsely imprisoning Alexander Hurley on January 15 last year.

Both men also face charges of threatening to kill Mr Hurley and of assault causing harm.

Additionally, they are charged with possessing a firearm or imitation firearm, which appeared to be a sawn-off shotgun, and a handgun.

They are due to go on trial next May, and gardai yesterday objected to them receiving bail in the meantime.

The court heard evidence from Chief Superintendent Finbarr O'Brien, who said that the refusal of bail may be necessary to prevent the commission of a serious offence.

Patrick Dowdall, who has had two strokes and is on medication for blood pressure, said he would hand over his passport if granted bail.

"I'd do whatever I have to do. I'd accept any terms," he said.

The father-of-three also said he would have "no objections" to electronic tagging.

Responsibilities

Jonathan Dowdall said he wanted bail to tidy up some family and business affairs, adding he would not run away from his responsibilities.

"I'm certainly not going to make things worse than they already are," he said.

He added he would agree with any conditions, no matter what, including wearing a tag.

Mr Justice Paul Coffey said he would adjourn the matter until January 15, to see if tagging could be organised.

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