Monday 20 November 2017

Land dispute with neighbour behind trespassing charge

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

A Dublin property owner has been charged with trespassing on a neighbouring site amid a "land dispute" with his neighbour.

Dermot Horan (53) was arrested and brought before a court accused of trespassing on land that has been bought for development by a businessman.

Judge David McHugh granted him bail on condition that he does not encroach on his neighbour's property.

Mr Horan, of Summerville, Navan Road, Mulhuddart, is accused of trespassing on the curtilage of a building in a manner likely to cause fear in another.

The public order offence is alleged to have happened at N3, Parslickstown, Mulhuddart, last Wednesday.

Gda Eoghan O'Doherty told Blanchardstown District Court that the defendant replied "not guilty" when he was charged.

The officer had no objection to bail, subject to the condition.

Defence solicitor Michael Hanahoe said the case was "basically a land dispute, which will be dealt with some time in the future in a different court".


The dispute was ongoing, and the garda said there was a concern that Mr Horan would "encroach further" on to the land.

"The extent of the encroachment is somebody walking on to the land," Mr Hanahoe said.

Gda O'Doherty replied: "It can be avoided."

The court heard the owner of the neighbouring land was Colm McDaid, and he had bought it to develop a site for his tile business.

"Does Mr Horan have any legal right of way?" the judge asked, referring to Mr McDaid's land.

"He will say that he does," Mr Hanahoe said.

Judge McHugh imposed the bail condition until further order. He stressed that in the event of the condition being breached, the accused could be taken into custody until the case is dealt with. He adjourned the case until July 20.

The defendant asked twice if he could address the court.

"No, you may not. You may take a seat there, thank you very much," the judge said.

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