Friday 13 December 2019

Man charged with affray after alleged threats on street

Eric Glasheen allegedly called garda a ‘pig’ when he arrived
Eric Glasheen allegedly called garda a ‘pig’ when he arrived

A young man has been accused of threatening his next-door neighbours and a garda who came to investigate a violent disturbance on his street.

Eric Glasheen (21) allegedly told the officer: "You'd better not put your f**king hands on me, pig" before he was arrested.

Judge Paula Murphy adjourned the case when Mr Glasheen appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

The accused, of Ballymakealy Grove, Celbridge, Co Kildare, is charged with affray.

The charge states that he was among five named people who used or threatened to use unlawful violence toward each other, such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness to fear for their safety or that of another. The offence is alleged to have happened at Ballymakealy Grove on August 30 last year.

He is also charged with public intoxication.

A charge of using threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour was withdrawn by the prosecution.


Garda Conor Muldoon gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution on the affray count, saying the accused made no reply and was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

The DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level, Gda Muldoon said.

Outlining the prosecution's case, he said a large group of men and women had gathered in the area at 7.50pm on the evening in question.

A dispute was taking place and Gda Muldoon said when he arrived and got out of the patrol car, Mr Glasheen screamed in his direction.

It was alleged he then turned and walked toward his house, where he threatened next-door neighbours.

Mr Glasheen and a number of other people were arrested on the evening, the garda said.

Judge Murphy accepted jurisdiction.

Defence barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin asked the judge to order disclosure of prosecution statements.

The judge did so, and extended the accused's bail from the existing charge.

She adjourned the case to a date later this month.

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