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Friday 15 December 2017

Duo demanded €370 from OAP for spraying water on drive, court told

TWO men claimed they had carried out work on an elderly woman's driveway when they had only sprayed water on it and ordered her to go to an ATM to get them cash payment, it is alleged.

The pair are accused of extortion by demanding with menaces €370 from the 73-year-old for the "job" they allegedly claimed to have done at her home.

They were both granted bail under conditions and remanded in custody until they come up with cash lodgements.

Willie McGinley (28) of Kilmahuddrick Close, and Simon Doherty (39) of Oldcastle Park, both in Clondalkin, are charged with extortion and deception at St Maelruan's Park, Tallaght, on August 17, 2011.

The offences are under Section 17 of the Public Order Act and Section 6 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

Garda Kieran Kilcoyne told Tallaght District Court when he was arrested, McGinley's replies to the charges after caution were: "I was only working", and, "I was working at the time". Doherty replied: "No comment".

Judge James McDonnell asked for an outline of the allegations. Garda Kilcoyne said two men went to the woman's home in a Fiat van at 4.30pm.

"They showed documents to the elderly lady in question and claimed they were carrying out work on her driveway," Garda Kilcoyne alleged.



DEMANDS

The men made demands of between €240 and €1,600 for carrying out work, it is alleged.

Garda Kilcoyne said the alleged victim's driveway was wet, that water had been sprayed on it and "that was the extent" if it.

The court heard it was alleged that the woman was "intimidated and put in fear" to the extent that she was ordered to go to an ATM to get money for the men.

On her return, they allegedly obtained €370 from her.

The incident took place over 20 minutes and there was CCTV evidence, the garda said.

Doherty was allegedly the registered owner of the vehicle. The court heard the DPP consented to the case being dealt with at District Court level. Judge McDonnell accepted jurisdiction to deal with it.

He granted bail of €2,000 for Doherty and €500 for McGinley, on condition that they surrender their passports, reside at the addresses they have provided and observe a curfew and sign on three times per week at their local garda stations.

They were also ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim or any prosecution witnesses. They were not excluded from the Tallaght area.

aphelan@herald.ie

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