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Friday 2 December 2016

Trial for man who gardai say fired gun in reckless manner

Joseph Beacom is seeking place in a treatment programme
Joseph Beacom is seeking place in a treatment programme

A man accused of recklessly discharging a firearm and endangering the lives of a number of people is facing trial.

Joseph Beacom (33) allegedly let off the firearm at a house near his 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.

He is also accused of making threats to kill or cause serious harm to another man in the same incident.

It is further alleged that he was armed with a shotgun at the time the threats were made.

The court heard the DPP has directed trial on indictment in the circuit court on the charges.

Judge David McHugh remanded Mr Beacom on continuing bail to November for the book of evidence.

The accused, of Kilmahuddrick Lawn, 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 last April 3.

Damaging

Mr Beacom was further charged with making threats to kill or cause serious harm to another man and to endangerment, involving the discharge of a firearm.

He was further charged with damaging the door and windows of a house at Kilmahuddrick Lawn.

Gda David Harte said Mr Beacom made no reply to the new charges after caution and was handed a true copy of the charge sheets.

In relation to the allegations, Gda Harte had claimed Mr Beacom discharged a firearm in front of a group of people at a neighbour's house.

The court had heard the alleged illegally-held firearm has not been located.

A state solicitor requested an adjournment of six weeks for the book of evidence.

Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said Mr Beacom was trying to get a place in a treatment programme and was willing to consent to a longer remand.

Judge McHugh extended bail to the new charges and adjourned the case to Nov- ember.

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