Monday 10 December 2018

Woman (23) in court on gun charge after baby shooting

Charlene Donovan has been charged with having a shotgun during the incident
Charlene Donovan has been charged with having a shotgun during the incident

A woman has been charged with possessing a gun with intent to endanger life after a shooting in west Dublin in which an eight-month-old baby was injured along with his mother and a teenage boy.

Charlene Donovan (23) appeared at Blanchardstown District Court accused of having a shotgun during the incident in which the infant, his mother (29) and a 17-year-old suffered gunshot wounds.

Judge David McHugh remanded her in custody after her lawyer said he was deferring a legal aid application.

The media was banned from reporting the date of her next court appearance for "security" reasons.

Ms Donovan is the second person to be charged in connection with the shooting in Parslickstown, Mulhuddart, on Monday.


On Wednesday, her father Dan Donovan (48) was granted bail after being charged with possessing a shotgun and threatening to kill a man.

Ms Donovan, of Parslickstown Gardens, is charged with possessing a shotgun with intent to endanger life.

Intended target of Monday’s shooting Michael Collins
Intended target of Monday’s shooting Michael Collins

Garda Michael Parry Jones said he arrested her for the purpose of charge at Blanchardstown Garda Station.

Ms Donovan was charged in his presence and made no reply after caution.

Gda Parry Jones said he was objecting to bail and defence solicitor Simon Fleming asked Judge McHugh for time to consult his client.

However, after the case was let stand in the court list and called again, Mr Fleming said he would not be making a legal aid application until a later date.

He requested that the date of the adjournment should not be reported in the media on security and safety grounds.

Judge McHugh said he would "need to be persuaded" on that application.

Mr Fleming said he would be concerned that there would be public order issues if the adjournment date were reported.

The judge then asked Gda Parry Jones for his view and the officer said he agreed with the defence application.

Judge McHugh said he was acceding to Mr Fleming's request and remanded the accused in custody.

Michael Collins' baby nephew John who received gunshot wounds
Michael Collins' baby nephew John who received gunshot wounds

He said it was the responsibility of the gardai to take all measures to ensure that the case could go ahead.

Ms Donovan, wearing a navy jacket with a pink zipper over a hooded top, black leggings and black boots, did not speak during the hearing.

She has not yet indicated how she intends to plead to the charge.

On Wednesday, father-of-15 Dan Donovan appeared at Dublin District Court charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and threatening to kill a man, Michael Collins.

He was not alleged to have shot the baby, but is accused of pointing a gun at Mr Collins during the incident and telling him: "I am going to bury you forever."

The court heard that Mr Donovan replied to the threat to kill charge: "All lies, that is all s**t talk."

He was granted bail despite garda objections but was remanded in custody until he is able to take up bail.


The court heard the incident related to a feud between the accused's family and the Collins family for a number of years arising from an alleged clandestine relationship between a male and a female with an intellectual disability.

During Mr Donovan's bail hearing on Wednesday, Gda Parry Jones read from a statement made by Lisa Marie Power, Michael Collins's common law partner.

In the statement, Ms Power said she had seen the baby screaming, with blood on his leg.

Gda Parry Jones said the baby was treated in Temple Street hospital for a broken ankle and wounds from gunshot pellets.

He was currently unaware if there would be any permanent damage.

A defence lawyer said he could not challenge the allegations about the accused in the statement, other than to say Mr Donovan denied that they happened.

Judge Bryan Smyth accepted that the statement read out to the court was hearsay evidence.

Conditions of Mr Donovan's bail are that he lives at an address provided, stays out of Dublin, and in particular the Blanchardstown area, observes a curfew and signs on daily at his local garda station.

He is to have no contact directly or indirectly with any prosecution witnesses.

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