Sunday 26 January 2020

Man with kitchen knife made threat to kill, court hears

Harry Rankin is facing trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court
Harry Rankin is facing trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A 50-year-old man who got into a row with his housemates produced a kitchen knife and threatened to kill a man at his home, it is alleged.

Harry Rankin is also accused of pushing one woman to the ground and standing on another woman's mobile phone, smashing it, during the confrontation.

He is facing trial after Judge Michael Walsh decided the case was too serious to be dealt with at district court level and adjourned it for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Rankin, of Limekiln Close, Manor Estate, Walkinstown, is charged with assaulting a woman, causing criminal damage to a phone and threatening to kill or cause harm to a man.

He is further charged with producing a knife as a weapon in the course of a dispute.

The offences are all alleged to have happened at Limekiln Close last January 26.

Judge Walsh asked for an outline of the allegations so he could consider the issue of jurisdiction.


A garda said officers responded to a call to the address about a disturbance there and when they arrived they saw the accused in the front garden, shouting at other occupants of the house.

Gardai spoke to the other occupants of the property while the accused was brought inside, the court heard.

A woman showed the gardai a mobile phone with a screen that had been smashed.

The woman said Mr Rankin had been having a verbal argument with her boyfriend when the accused produced a knife from the kitchen and threatened to kill him.

It was alleged the accused pushed a woman to the ground and slapped a phone from another woman's hand, then stood on it, causing it to break.

He was arrested and brought to Crumlin Garda Station, where he was charged.

Judge Walsh said after considering the outline of the allegations, he was refusing jurisdiction to deal with the case.

This means the defendant will be sent forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when a book of evidence is ready.

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