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Thursday 23 November 2017

'I heard father and son's death threat to garda'

A garda has told a jury that he witnessed a father and son threaten another officer that he would be found in a ditch.

Ian Dutton (48) of Greenfort Lawns, Clondalkin has pleaded not guilty to three counts of threats to kill between September 2008 and April 2009.

His son Graham Dutton (26) of the same address, pleaded not guilty to two counts of threats to kill during the same period.



Footpath

Garda David Howard told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court both men made threats to Detective Garda Stuart Gleeson.

Garda Howard told Colm O'Briain, prosecuting, that he was on patrol with Det Garda Stuart Gleeson at Greenfort Lawns when he observed a car parked on the footpath.

He said the tax and insurance discs were valid but the vehicle had no NCT plate displayed.

Garda Howard said he saw Graham Dutton was coming out of his house and that he was aggressive and shouting at his mother.

He said he was also shouting abuse at him and he approached the squad car at the passenger side and began to get very aggressive.

Garda Howard said he began to make personal reference to Det Garda Gleeson, saying "that he would have him killed" and that "he'd be at the bottom of a ditch... Graham Dutton was extremely serious and very venomous towards us," said Garda Howard.

He said Graham Dutton approached the vehicle and said: "Your days are numbered, you'll be found in a ditch in Kerry". He said his demeanour was very serious and sinister.



Disagreed

Garda Howard said under cross-examination by Remy Farrell, defending Graham, he took the threats as very serious.

Mr Farrell put it to him that the threat about being found in the ditch came from Ian but Garda Howard disagreed.

The trial continues on Monday before a jury of six women and six men before Judge Desmond Hogan.

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