Friday 28 October 2016

Fresh charges for ex-SF councillor and father

Daniel Hickey

Published 28/07/2016 | 02:30

Jonathan Dowdall: in custody
Jonathan Dowdall: in custody

A former Sinn Féin councillor and his father have been charged with falsely imprisoning, assaulting and threatening to kill a man.

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Jonathan Dowdall (39) and Patrick Dowdall (59) appeared at the Special Criminal Court yesterday.

All three charges against the men relate to offences which are alleged to have taken place at Navan Road, Dublin 7 on January 15 this year.

The men, with an address at Navan Road, Dublin 7, were charged with falsely imprisoning Alexander Hurley by detaining him without his consent. They were also charged with assaulting Mr Hurley, causing him harm.

Additionally, they were charged with threatening Mr Hurley that he would be killed, intending him to believe that the threat would be carried out.

Last month, the father and son were charged with possessing a firearm or imitation firearm, which appeared to be a sawn-off shotgun and a handgun, with the intent to falsely imprison Mr Hurley, at the same place on the same date.

Detective Sergeant Pádraig Boyce, of the Special Detective Unit (SDU), told State solicitor Michael O'Donovan yesterday that he met Jonathan Dowdall in the precincts of the court, where he showed him the charge sheet, read it to him and explained it in ordinary language. Jonathan Dowdall made no reply, the court heard.

Detective Garda Colm Finnerty, also of the SDU, told Mr O'Donovan that he met Patrick Dowdall before the sitting of the court and read him the charge, to which the accused man made no reply.

After the court's registrar had read the charges to the men, Mr O'Donovan told the judges that the books of evidence were ready to be served on the accused men. Det Garda Finnerty handed the books of evidence to the men.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding with Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge Cormac Dunne, remanded both men in custody until October 7, when their case is listed for mention again.

Irish Independent

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