Sunday 24 September 2017

Garda says suspect told him, 'I'll follow you home and shoot your wife and kids'

Douglas Purcell punched himself in the face, the court heard
Douglas Purcell punched himself in the face, the court heard

Andrew Phelan

A suspected thief told a garda who charged him, "I will follow you home, find your wife and kids and shoot them dead", a court was told.

Douglas Purcell (34) made the reply when he was charged with 19 counts of stealing power tools, and proceeded to repeatedly "assault himself" by punching himself in the face, gardai said.

He was refused bail and the case against him was adjourned at Dublin District Court.

Mr Purcell, a father-of-three of Belcamp Lane, Dublin 17, is charged with 19 counts of stealing tools from the same van in one incident at Turret Road, Palmerstown, on August 20.

The prosecuting garda told Judge Brian O'Shea that, when he was charged, the accused replied: "I will follow you home, find your wife and kids and shoot them dead. I will get you, you oul b*****d. You are dead, you oul c**t."

Lie

Joe Coonan, defending, said Mr Purcell was insisting this was a lie and he never said it.

He asked why the garda had charged him with so many separate offences arising from one alleged theft. The garda said each charge related to a separate tool.

There was no valuation yet but gardai expected it to be "fairly significant".

Mr Coonan said Mr Purcell would allege he was physically assaulted by gardai.

"He repeatedly tried to assault himself by punching himself in the face, and banged his head off the cell walls," the garda said.

The court heard the defendant was alleged to have stolen the construction equipment from a van after forcing open the rear door.

Mr Coonan said Mr Purcell was willing to abide by bail conditions and had €1,000 that could be lodged. The accused's partner said Mr Purcell could live with her at an address at Springdale Road, Raheny.

Judge O'Shea refused bail.

A co-accused was granted bail under strict conditions and his case was adjourned.

Herald

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