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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Man allegedly threatened woman before gun attack

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo

A YOUNG man threatened a woman that he would "blow her head off" 40 minutes before her house was shot at, it has been alleged.

Daniel Ennis (20) is accused of making a death threat against the woman outside shops in south-west Dublin.

The woman also claimed that he was the man who arrived at the house and fired at it with a shotgun while she was inside with her young daughter and her elderly mother-in-law.

Dublin District Court heard there was no charge against Mr Ennis in relation to the alleged shooting.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell refused to grant him bail and remanded him in custody. The court heard the DPP was considering whether to bring additional charges in the case.

Mr Ennis, with an address at Croftwood Park, Ballyfermot, is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to the woman at Oranmore Road, also in Ballyfermot, on May 8 last.

A garda sergeant said gardai believed if granted bail, the accused would commit a serious offence or threaten and intimidate witnesses.

The sergeant said it would be alleged that 40 minutes after the accused threatened the woman, a firearm was discharged at the house she was in. It was also alleged that the accused was identified on CCTV along with two other people.

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The defence said these were only allegations and the defendant had not been charged with the discharge of a firearm.

"The DPP has not yet decided what other charges are to be proffered, if any," the sergeant said.

The woman told the court: "He threatened me he was going to blow my head off and 40 minutes later he came back… he let off two shots outside my mother-in-law's house.

"She was there. She is 71 and she is only out of hospital."

She said she only knew the accused from seeing him around and never really spoke to him before.

Judge O'Donnell said that the alleged shooting "flowed from" the alleged threat.

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