Sunday 24 September 2017

Man sent for trial accused of pointing gun in woman’s face

TOM TUITE

A DUBLIN man is to face trial after a court was told he allegedly pointed an imitation gun into the face of a 23-year-old woman and held it to the tip of her nose.

Gerard Nolan (43) has been accused of trespassing and producing an imitation firearm, at Manor Drive, Donaghmede, north Dublin, on November 30 last



Mr Nolan, who has an address at The Orchard, Greenwood, Airfield, appeared at Dublin District Court today.



An outline of the prosecution's evidence was given to Judge Grainne Malone for the purpose of deciding jurisdiction – the venue for his trial.



The judge was told it would be alleged that Mr Nolan knocked on the front door of a house at Manor Drive and when it was opened “he pulled an imitation firearm, in the face of a 23-year-old woman”.



“It was put to the tip of her nose” and the man allegedly asked the woman where her sister was, the court was told.



“The injured party felt she was going to be shot,” the judge also heard.



Judge Malone was told it was alleged that when the man glanced away, the woman closed the door on him.



Defence solicitor Tony Collier said the case involved a replica firearm and that his client was known to the woman.



Judge Malone ruled that it would be appropriate for the case to be heard in the Circuit Court – which on conviction has wider sentencing powers.



After refusing jurisdiction, she remanded Mr Nolan on bail to appear again on a date in September when he is to be served with a book of evidence and returned for trial.

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