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Man charged with using fake handgun to get €25k

THIS is the middle-aged man who is alleged to have produced an imitation handgun and demanded €25,000 from another individual in a pub.

Tomas Hogan (47) is also accused of trying to blackmail the other man, by demanding money and threatening to kill him.

Hogan, with an address at Cedarfield Close, Donore Road, Drogheda, Co Louth, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with making a threat to kill or cause serious harm to another male, contrary to Section 5 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997.

The alleged incident took place at the Fingal House, Glasnevin Avenue, Finglas on December 27, 2008.



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He is also accused of producing an imitation firearm and demanding €25,000 from the alleged injured party in the same incident.

It is further alleged that Hogan had an imitation firearm, namely a silver and black handgun, which was used in the attempted blackmail of the victim, by demanding money with menaces and threatening to kill him.

The court heard that the DPP has directed trial on indictment in relation to the charges.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell advised Hogan, who is unemployed, to speak to a solicitor and solicitor Valerie Buckley was appointed on free legal aid.

Judge O'Donnell adjourned the matter for four weeks to a date in February for the book of evidence.

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