Wednesday 22 January 2020

Man 'walked at mum with knuckle-duster and knife', court told

Stephen Hennessy
Stephen Hennessy

A young man walked toward his mother and a garda while bare-chested and brandishing a knuckleduster and kitchen knife, it is alleged.

Stephen Hennessy (22) is accused of raising a weapon in each hand during a confrontation in his west Dublin home after gardai were called out.

He is facing circuit court trial after a judge ruled the case was too serious to be dealt with at district court level.

Mr Hennessy is alleged to have produced both weapons in the course of a dispute at his home address at Buirg An Ri Walk, Balgaddy, Clondalkin, on August 6, 2017.

Intimidate

The charge alleges that he produced them in a manner likely to intimidate while appearing to be about to commit an assault.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had consented to the case being dealt with summarily at district court level, subject to jurisdiction being accepted by a judge.

Judge David McHugh asked for an outline of the allegations so he could consider the issue of jurisdiction.

Sgt Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that gardai were called to the address in Balgaddy. A man was bare-chested and was pulled back into the house by a friend, the court heard.

Gardai spoke to the injured party, who said she had had a fight with her son, Sgt Callaghan said.

Gardai followed the woman into the house and it was alleged that the accused was in the kitchen with a knife in one hand and a knuckleduster in the other.

He "walked towards the garda and his mother with the weapons raised", Sgt Callaghan alleged.

Mr Hennessy was directed to desist and did so, she added.

Judge McHugh refused jurisdiction to deal with the case and said he was adjourning it for the DPP to consider her "next step".

He remanded the accused on continuing bail, to appear in court again on January 23.

Mr Hennessy has not yet indicated to the court how he intends to plead to the charge.

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