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Thursday 14 November 2019

Sword-wielding man hit Mansfield during burglary, court is told

Alleged incident took place at home of Jim Mansfield Jr. Photo: Collins
Alleged incident took place at home of Jim Mansfield Jr. Photo: Collins

Businessman James Mansfield Jr was subjected to a violent burglary at his home in which he was allegedly punched by a man who then began swinging an ornamental sword around, a court has heard.

The court was told a gang of five intruders, some armed with Stanley blades, got into his house, with one threatening his ex-wife that if she called the gardai she would be shot.

It was alleged the events unfolded last week after a man arrived and remonstrated with Mr Mansfield about a horse being kept on his land.

Swung

Two brothers appeared in Blanchardstown District Court charged over the alleged incident at the south-west Dublin home of Mr Mansfield, who is a son of the late billionaire hotelier, James Mansfield Sr.

Martin Wall (40), of Woodbine House, Pollardstown, Curragh, Co Kildare, and his brother Edward 'Ned' Wall (47), from Fortunestown Crescent, Tallaght are each charged with aggravated burglary.

Judge David McHugh granted them each €10,000 cash bail under conditions. He remanded them in custody for a week with consent to bail.

Gardai alleged Martin Wall punched Mr Mansfield and swung the sword, while Edward 'Ned' Wall punched another man in the house. It was not known who made the alleged threat to his ex-wife Donna Mansfield, but the court was told the accused were among a "group of five, clearly acting in concert from start to finish".

The incident is alleged to have happened at Mr Mansfield's home at Tassaggart House, Garter's Lane, Saggart on November 1.

Objecting to bail, Detective Sergeant Darragh Kenny said both men were known to Mr Mansfield.

It was alleged Edward Wall arrived in a 4x4 vehicle and was able to enter as construction work was going on at the time.

He was admitted by Mr Mansfield's ex-wife and both entered the living room. Mr Mansfield came in and Edward Wall was upset over "the issue of a horse", the court heard.

The conversation became heated and it was alleged Edward Wall summoned others from the jeep by phone, telling Mr Mansfield he could "tell what he told Mr Wall to the rest of the gang", Det Sgt Kenny continued. Some or all of them had Stanley blades, the garda said.

It was alleged Mr Mansfield was punched in the face twice by Martin Wall who then picked up an ornamental sword and swung it, hitting a door. It was alleged Edward Wall punched another man in the house.

Disability

Det Sgt Kenny said CCTV footage showed Edward Wall entering the house, and Martin Wall leaving the house with the sword in his possession.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Lorraine Stephens said the accused were presumed innocent. Martin Wall was a father-of-six and was on disability allowance. Ms Stephens said the accused "strenuously denied any involvement" and would contest the case.

Judge McHugh granted €10,000 bail for each accused, on condition they sign on at garda stations and observe curfews. The were remanded in custody with consent to bail and are due on Tuesday in Cloverhill District Court.

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