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Saturday 3 December 2016

Young man 'threatened to kill' security guard

James O’Reilly leaves Blanchardstown District Court
James O’Reilly leaves Blanchardstown District Court

A young man threatened a business park security guard with serious harm, allegedly telling him he would get his address from an NCT centre and "see him later", a court was told.

James O'Reilly (20) had driven into the premises when he was approached by the security man and "took umbrage" at this, it is claimed.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case against him at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr O'Reilly, with an address at Ard Mor Walk, Tallaght, is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to the man.

The offence is alleged to have happened at Citywest Business Campus, Naas Road, last February 13.

The court heard that the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level, subject to the judge considering whether to accept jurisdiction.

State solicitor Michael Durkan said a brief outline of the alleged facts could be given in evidence.

Gda Shane Barry, of Rathcoole Garda Station, told the court that it was alleged Mr O'Reilly entered the business park in a car on the date in question.

Disclosure

The prosecution would say that he was spotted by security staff, who were known to him, and was approached.

According to the officer, Mr O'Reilly "took umbrage" at this and told the security guard "he was going to the NCT in Naas to get his address and would see him later".

Judge McHugh then said that jurisdiction had already been accepted and an order for disclosure of prosecution documents had been made.

Defence solicitor Niall O'Connor said the disclosure documents had not been received and asked the judge to strike the charge out.

Judge McHugh refused to do so and adjourned the case to December 8.

He marked the adjournment peremptory against the State, meaning disclosure must be received by then.

If not, he said, he would consider Mr O'Connor's application to have the case struck out.

The defendant was remanded on continuing bail.

The charge is under Section 5 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Mr O'Brien has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge.

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