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Sunday 25 September 2016

Man accused of firing gunshot near his home

Joseph Beacom has not indicated how he intends to plead Photo: Mark Condren
Joseph Beacom has not indicated how he intends to plead Photo: Mark Condren

This is the Dublin man accused of recklessly shooting a gun in front of a group of people.

Joseph Beacom (32) allegedly let off the firearm at a house near to his own home in west Dublin.

As part of his bail conditions, Mr Beacom has been ordered to have no contact with any witnesses in the case.

The court heard that the DPP's directions are outstanding in the case.

Judge David McHugh remanded Mr Beacom on continuing bail to a date at the end of June for DPP's directions.

The accused, with an address at Kilmahuddrick Lawns in Clondalkin, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with the intentional or reckless discharge of a firearm, which created a substantial risk of death or serious harm.

The incident allegedly took place at a neighbouring house at Kilmahuddrick Lawns on April 3 last.

Garda David Harte previously said it will be alleged that Mr Beacom discharged a firearm in front of a group of people at a neighbour's house.

In relation to the evidence against the accused, Gda Harte claimed that there are witness statements as well as technical evidence.

Conditions

The court previously heard that the alleged illegally-held firearm has not been located to date.

Mr Beacom was previously granted bail in his own bond of €100, subject to a number of conditions.

As part of his bail terms, he was ordered to sign on daily at Clondalkin Garda Station.

Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said Mr Beacom had adhered to all his bail conditions, and there was now an application to reduce his sign on condition.

The court heard that gardai had no objection to reducing the sign on condition to twice a week.

The other bail conditions remain unchanged and Mr Beacom must continue to stay away from any witnesses in the case and to have no contact with them by any means.

The judge previously assigned Ms Brennan on free legal aid.

Mr Beacom has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charge.

On summary conviction in the district court, he faces a fine or imprisonment of up to 12 months, or both.

On conviction in the circuit court, Mr Beacom faces a fine and a maximum term of imprisonment not exceeding five years, or both.

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