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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Prisoner to face trial over 'threat' to guard

The charge alleges he made the threat, intending the officer would fear it would be carried out. (stock photo)
The charge alleges he made the threat, intending the officer would fear it would be carried out. (stock photo)

An inmate at a Dublin jail has been sent for trial accused of threatening to damage a female prison officer's home.

Stephen Penrose (36) had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

Penrose, who is being held in Cloverhill Prison, is charged with making a threat to prison guards that he would cause criminal damage at another officer's house "in a way which he knew was likely to endanger the life of" that officer.

The charge alleges he made the threat, intending the officer would fear it would be carried out.

Warning

Judge David McHugh gave the accused the alibi warning before sending him for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The court heard a copy of the accused's garda interview had been furnished to the defence.

Penrose's lawyer asked the judge to revoke his bail on the charge.

He was in custody on other matters, the lawyer said.

The accused will appear in the circuit court later this month.

"Thanks, your honour," he told the judge at the end of the brief hearing.

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