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Families in fear after assault on neighbour

A group of residents is living in fear of their neighbour after he seriously assaulted one of them and smashed up their doors and windows, a court heard.

Damien Byrne (35) who suffers from bipolar disorder, is alleged to have left one of his neighbours needing stitches after he attacked the man outside his house in Finglas.

Byrne is also accused of breaking in the front door and all the front windows of a female neighbour's house.

He appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with two counts of criminal damage, as well as a serious assault, near his house on January 17.

Wounds

The defendant promised to keep away from his neighbours and said he could stay at his brother's house at Berryfield Road, Finglas.

Garda John Delaney objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charges and expressing his fears that Byrne might interfere with witnesses.

It is alleged Byrne assaulted a neighbour, leaving him with wounds and needing numerous stitches.

He was taken by ambulance to the Mater Hospital. Byrne is also accused of damaging the man's front door.

He is further accused of damaging the front of a female neighbour's house, smashing up both a door panel and all the front windows.

Gda Delaney said his neighbours are living in fear of the accused.

Byrne's defence lawyer said bail conditions could be imposed on the accused to alleviate the garda's concerns.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell remanded Byrne in custody with consent to cash bail of €150.

The judge ordered Byrne to live with his brother, keep away from his house and his neighbours, and to have no contact, directly or indirectly, with the victims or their families.

Judge O'Donnell also ordered Byrne to sign on daily at Finglas Garda Station.

The court heard that Byrne, who is unemployed, did not have the money to take up his bail. He was remanded in custody to Blanchardstown District Court on Friday.

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