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Monday 18 November 2019

Armed gardai sent out after 'fake stab 999 call', court told

Raymond Ariwi is accused of making a fake 999 report
Raymond Ariwi is accused of making a fake 999 report

Armed gardai were sent to a man's home in response to a false 999 call he allegedly made claiming a woman had been stabbed in the house, a court has heard.

Raymond Ariwi (34) has been accused of making the fake report after gardai had earlier told him they could not help him with an issue he was having with people at his west Dublin home.

The case against him was adjourned when he appeared at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Ariwi, of Adamstown Court, Adamstown Road, Lucan village, is charged with knowingly making a false 999 report.

Offence

The offence is alleged to have happened at Lucan Garda Station last January 23.

The charge states that it was a report "tending to show that an offence had been committed and tending to give rise to apprehension for the safety of persons or property".

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level.

Outlining the prosecution's case, she said it was alleged the accused first called Lucan Garda Station at 5pm on January 23, saying that he was seeking assistance from gardai in relation to people who had been admitted to his house. He was told this was a civil matter and gardai could not assist him.

It was alleged that 40 minutes later he phoned 999 and said during the call that a female had been stabbed at his home.

In response to this report, an armed unit and a uniformed unit were sent to his house. However, it transpired that it was a false report, Sgt Callaghan told the court.

Judge David McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case in the district court.

He adjourned the case to a date later this month and granted free legal aid following an application by the accused's lawyer.

Mr Ariwi will be expected to indicate at that hearing how he intends to plead to the charge against him, which is under Section 12 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The charge carries a potential sentence of 12 months on conviction in the district court, a fine, or both.

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