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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Men demanded €8k in attack on OAP, court told

THREE Dublin men forced their way way into an elderly cancer patient's home, shoved her up against a wall, assaulted her and demanded €8,000 in cash, a court has heard.

David Mulvey (30), Gerard Hogg (29) and Dean Thomas (22) were allegedly looking for the woman's son when they kicked down her front door and illegally searched her home.

Gardai claim the men threatened the pensioner, who is currently fighting cancer, demanded €8,000 in cash and threatened they would be back later to collect it.

Mulvey is further accused of stamping and kicking in a windscreen of a car which was sitting in the woman's driveway in Finglas.

In relation to Mulvey, Judge Denis McLoughlin refused bail and remanded him in custody until Friday. Judge McLoughlin imposed cash bail on Hogg and Thomas and remanded them in custody with consent to bail, also until Friday.

Mulvey and Hogg, both of Berryfield Drive, and Thomas with an address at Glenties Drive, all in Finglas, appeared before Dublin District Court charged with violent disorder, burglary and making threats with menaces.

The alleged incident took place at Ballygall Crescent in Finglas shortly before 5pm on Sunday, August 25. Gardai objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charges and the strength of the evidence.

Outlining the allegation to the court, Garda Siobhain Tolan claimed the three men kicked in the front door of a house, illegally searched the house and ran through it looking for another man. Garda Tolan said the man was not at home at the time.

Garda William O'Keeffe alleged the three accused threatened and intimidated this man's elderly mother, grabbed her by the shoulder and pushed her up against a wall.

The court heard gardai were in the Ballygall area at the time and they arrived on the scene a minute after they received an emergency call. Garda Tolan claimed she and her colleagues blocked the men from getting away and they were arrested.

Judge McLoughlin refused bail for Mulvey. In relation to Hogg and Thomas, the judge granted bail in their own bond of €100, with an independent surety of €5,000, of which €2,500 must be cash.

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