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Sean Stafford must observe a curfew from 10pm to 8am

Sean Stafford must observe a curfew from 10pm to 8am

Sean Stafford must observe a curfew from 10pm to 8am

A businessman brandished a kitchen knife and attacked a neighbour outside his home in a dispute over alleged rubbish dumping, it has been alleged.

Sean Stafford (41), a cleaning company owner, was arrested on assault and weapons charges by gardaí investigating a row in the north inner city.

Dublin District Court heard neighbours had alleged the accused dumped rubbish in their garden.

Mr Stafford, of Seville Place, Dublin 1, is charged with ass- aulting a man, possession of a knife and trespassing at another address on the same street on November 1.

A garda said there had been a row between the accused and two neighbours over rubbish and claims that Mr Stafford had been dumping it in his neighbours' garden.

This had been going on for a month-and-a-half and there were also allegations of intimidation, the garda said.

It was alleged that during the dispute, the accused brandished a large kitchen knife and attacked one of the men.

Interfered

Objecting to bail, the officer said gardaí had seen Mr Staff-ord brandishing the knife and making threats.

He was concerned that if the accused was granted bail, witnesses could be interfered with.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Evan Moore said Mr Stafford would abide by conditions.

The charges would be fully contested, he said, and the acc-used had made no admissions in interview.

Mr Stafford  owned a cleaning company, and he would lose whatever contracts he had if he was remanded in custody, Mr Moore said.

Judge Bryan  Smyth granted bail in the accused's own bond of €500 with no cash lodgment required, on condition he stays away from the address where both neighbours lived.

He must sign on daily at Store Street garda station, observe a curfew between 10pm and 8am and provide gardaí with a contact phone number.

The judge asked the accused if he understood the conditions.

"Certainly, sir," he replied.

He was remanded on bail and the case was adjourned to January.


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