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'They threatened to mutilate him' - court told of home attack

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Gerry Connors

Gerry Connors

Gerry Connors

This is the 22-year-old Dublin man accused of taking part in a violent burglary where another man allegedly had chunks of hair cut out of his head, clothing removed and was threatened with mutilation.

Gerry Connors, of Bearna Park, Sandyford, Dublin 18, has been charged with burglary at Ballyogan Road in Carrickmines, Dublin 18, assault causing harm to the man, also in his 20s, and unlawful seizure of his BMW car.

The incident is alleged to have happened last April 27.

Mr Connors appeared before Judge Grainne Malone at Dublin District Court yesterday.

Detective Garda Karl O'Neill objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the case and witness intimidation fears.

He said the injured party reported two males had entered his friend's house and assaulted him. It was a chance encounter after they had an earlier disagreement, the court heard.

It was alleged they "cut off chunks of his hair" and punched the man to his head and face.

"At one point the injured party was forced to remove his trousers and underwear," said Det Gda O'Neill, adding it would be alleged the accused and his accomplice "threatened to mutilate him".

The keys to his BMW were taken and he was allegedly forced into the car, which was driven around the Carrickmines area. It was also alleged one of the men was armed with scissors and the driver lost control of the BMW and crashed.

The bail hearing was told the man was severely beaten, suffering swelling and bruising around his face. He had a black eye and sore nose and finds it difficult to breath.

The court heard the accused went to the UK for two days afterwards. However, on hearing gardai wished to speak to him he returned and presented himself at a station in Dublin.

Pleading for bail, counsel Fiona Pekaar said her client had a heart defect which requires medication.

Disability

He lives at his family home and helps his father who also has health problems. There was no money available.

Mr Connors, who is on disability benefits, had no intention to leave the jurisdiction.

Judge Malone set bail in Mr Connors' own bond of €1,000, of which €500 must be lodged. An independent surety of €2,000 would have to be approved.

He was remanded in custody with consent to bail to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Friday.