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Wednesday 22 January 2020

Suspects in nightclub shooting lose fight to have case thrown out

Clive Bass and Patrick Price were both bailed
Clive Bass and Patrick Price were both bailed

These are the two Dublin men charged over a shooting outside a nightclub, where a bystander was allegedly struck in the head with a shotgun pellet.

Prosecutors were given more time to prepare their case against Clive Bass (26) and Patrick Price (24), who are accused of possession of a shotgun following the shooting earlier this year.

Mr Bass, of Shancastle Close, and Mr Price, of Shancastle Avenue, Clondalkin, are both charged with possession of a 12-gauge shotgun in suspicious circumstances.

The incident is alleged to have happened outside Buzz nightclub in the Red Cow complex on the Naas Road, Clondalkin, on May 5.

Defence solicitor Evan Moore told Blanchardstown District Court that the case had been before the courts since May 9 and the directions of the DPP were still outstanding. He asked the judge to strike it out.

However, the judge said there was no prosecutorial delay and there were ballistics and forensics involved in the case, and adjourned it to February 6.

Mr Moore asked the judge to mark the adjournment peremptory against the State, meaning the charges could be struck out if progress was not made. The judge also refused this application.

He relaxed bail conditions to allow the accused to both sign on three times per week at their local garda station, instead of daily.

Previously, Garda Sergeant Dara Kenny said there were a number of patrons in the area of the club at around 3am when a black Audi drove into the car park and stopped near a VW Golf.

There were eight people in or around the Golf when a person in the Audi fired four shots from a shotgun.

Curfew

Sgt Kenny said the people at the Golf took cover but a 44-year-old bystander was hit in the head with a pellet.

The court had heard neither man replied to the charges after caution. Sgt Kenny objected to bail for Mr Bass, citing the seriousness of the allegations.

There was no objection to bail for Mr Price, subject to conditions. They must reside at their home addresses, observe a midnight to 7am curfew and not apply for travel documentation.

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