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Saturday 21 April 2018

Woman on gun attack charge yet to take up bail

Charlene Donovan (23) remains in custody in relation to a triple shooting where a mum, a teen and a baby were injured
Charlene Donovan (23) remains in custody in relation to a triple shooting where a mum, a teen and a baby were injured

A woman who allegedly fired a shotgun at a family, spraying a baby, the child's mother and a teenage boy with pellets, remains in custody as she has yet to take up her bail.

Charlene Donovan (23) is alleged to have shouted "Daddy, come out, give me the gun, I'll blow him away" before firing two shots at members of the family, hitting three people.

She was granted bail at Blanchardstown District Court, despite garda objections, just before Christmas, but has yet to take up her bail.

As part of her bail conditions, Ms Donovan must lodge €2,000 cash, as well as sign on daily at a garda station, observe a curfew, surrender her passport and have no contact with witnesses.

Ms Donovan was further remanded in custody with consent to bail when she appeared before the court.

A ban on the media reporting her current address or the date of her next court appearance remains in place.

Ms Donovan, formerly of Parslickstown Gardens, Mulhuddart, was the second person charged in connection with the incident on December 11. She is accused of having a shotgun with intent to endanger life.

Her father, Dan Donovan (48), was previously granted bail after being charged with possessing a shotgun and threatening to kill a man, Michael Collins, during the same incident.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case to an undisclosed date, saying the date was not to be reported.

Ms Donovan spoke briefly with her lawyer but did not address the court during the short hearing. Gardai had previously said the background to the incident was an alleged feud between the Collins and Donovan families.

Argument

In relation to the allegation, Garda Michael Parry Jones previously said an argument took place on the day of the shooting and it was alleged that Ms Donovan was in the front garden of her family home while members of the Collins family were in theirs.

It was alleged the accused said: "Daddy, come out, give me the gun, I'll blow him away."

It was alleged she went out and returned with a shotgun, which she discharged towards members of the Collins family.

Pellets sprayed the far side of the road, injuring a woman (29) and a 17-year-old boy who was holding an eight-month-old baby.

The court heard the woman suffered injuries to her hands and hip which required surgery. The baby sustained "significant pellet wounds" to both legs and feet, as well as a fractured ankle.

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