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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Feud victim's brother afraid to be in court

A BROTHER of the man shot in the head during a car chase last month has claimed he was "too afraid" to come to court due to an ongoing feud between two Traveller families.

Patrick Moorhouse (19), together with his older brother William (23) and friend Christopher Connors (21) were arrested by gardai in Tallaght in the early hours of Friday morning.

Connors, of Cookstown Cottages in Tallaght, and William Moorhouse, of Churchview, Greenpark in Clondalkin, were brought before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with robbery.

The alleged incident took place in the car park of Dunnes Stores Cornelscourt on February 2. It is alleged the two men robbed a woman of a black leather jacket, worth €300, and her handbag, worth €200.

Lawyers for the two men said there was no application for bail at this stage.

In relation to Patrick Moorhouse, also of Cookstown Cottages in Tallaght, the court heard he was arrested after gardai discovered there were two live bench warrants for his arrest.

It is alleged that Moorhouse failed to appear before Cloverhill District Court on January 5 and before Blanchardstown District Court on January 18.

Garda Robert Clifford objected to bail for Patrick Moorhouse, claiming he has taken eight bench warrants since July 2010.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy said Moorhouse was applying for bail.

Mr Dunphy said Moorhouse, who got married last month, is living "in fear for his life" due to an ongoing feud between two families.

He said Moorhouse was "in fear of attending court", but now realises the difficulties he may have caused for himself.

The solicitor said the defendant's brother was shot in the head during a chase on Cheeverstown Road in Tallaght on January 28 last and is now seriously ill in hospital.

Garda Clifford acknowledged there was a feud, and there was a shooting, but claimed the bench warrants were taken by Moorhouse prior to the shooting.

Mr Dunphy said Moorhouse is very anxious about his brother, and if granted bail, would abide by any conditions imposed by the court.

Judge Ann Ryan said it is alleged Patrick Moorhouse failed to turn up in court on eight occasions since July 2010.

She refused him bail and remanded all three men in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on February 9.

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