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‘Scuffle’ began over a phone

‘Scuffle’ began over a phone

‘Scuffle’ began over a phone

A man who assaulted his sister and later threatened to shoot her and her husband has been jailed for 21 months.

Father-of-two Christopher Maguire (42), of Moatview Close, Priorswood, Dublin, pleaded guilty to production of an article, assault and making threats to kill or cause serious harm at Killester Avenue, Killester, on May 10 last year.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of intimidating a witness at Harry Byrnes pub, Howth Road, Clontarf, last September 6.

His previous convictions were for offences including false imprisonment and having drugs for sale or supply.

Detective Garda Anthony O'Shea told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that gardai arrived at Maguire's father's house and were met by his sister, Nicola Byrne, who told them she had lost a nail on her right hand in a scuffle with her brother.

Det Gda O'Shea said the scuffle had been over an argument about Ms Byrne taking Maguire's phone.

By the time gardai arrived, Maguire's father had convinced him to hand over a kitchen knife he had produced.

While being arrested, Maguire made threats to his brother-in-law David Byrne, saying he would "have you taken care of - I'll cut the hair off your head".

As he was being led from the house, Maguire said he needed to grab something first, reached into a sofa and said "sawn-off shotgun".

Gardai believed this was "probably a nasty joke".

Gda Ciaran McCabe told the court that on the date in September, Maguire entered the pub and told his sister he had bought a gun "from colleagues he knew" and he planned to kill himself unless she dropped the charges.

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Gda McCabe said Maguire later spotted Mr Byrne in the pub and threatened to shoot him and Ms Byrne.

When he was later arrested he was found to be in possession of a Stanley knife.

The court heard that in 2018, Maguire received a three-year suspended sentence in the Special Criminal Court for false imprisonment dating from 2015.

Det Gda O'Shea agreed with John Moher, defending, that his client sustained serious injuries in 2016 when he was shot numerous times.

Jailing Maguire, Judge Nolan: "It seems this defendant is a serious man who has a serious effect on people."