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Ammo put in mother's letterbox, court is told

A SHOP assistant is alleged to have thrown a number of shotgun cartridges through a letter- box and threatened the life of a young woman and her two children.

Greg Doyle (33) was also allegedly caught with a revolver, gun cartridges and a balaclava after gardai raided his home in Tallaght.

He has been ordered by a judge to stay out of the Tallaght area and to live with his mother in Co Laois.

The defendant, of Cushlawn Drive in Tallaght and Na Cluainte, Portarlington, Co Laois, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with four offences under the Firearms Act 1925, as well as threatening to kill a woman.

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

Garda Michael McGrath told the court that Doyle threw shotgun cartridges through the letterbox of a house in Tallaght on August 19 last year.

The garda said a woman lived alone in the house with her two young children.



Socks

Garda McGrath claimed Doyle's home was later searched by gardai on August 27, and during the course of the search, four gun cartridges, a balaclava and a revolver were found wrapped in socks in the bedroom.

Garda McGrath said the incident may have arisen over an argument about money.

The garda said he had no objection to bail, subject to a cash lodgement and strict bail conditions.

Judge James McDonnell said Doyle should move out of the Tallaght area, saying he would "prefer him to move to the northside".

Defence lawyer Brian Storan said Doyle could live with his mother in Portarlington.

Judge McDonnell remanded Doyle in custody with consent to bail in his own bond of €1,500 with a cash lodgement of €500.

He also ordered that Doyle should stay away from the alleged victim and her home.

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