Man told dog warden he would shoot him in leg, court hears
A 41-year-old man told a dog warden that he would shoot him in the leg after the warden seized his dog, a court has heard.
Insp Tom Kennedy said in the District Court that it will also be alleged that Eoin Hannan of Kilrush Road, Ennis, Co Clare, made hundreds of phone calls to warden Frankie Coote over a weekend in September 2012.
Insp Kennedy said that Mr Coote will allege in court that over the phone, Mr Hannan – a former UCC Humanities student – "threatened to blind me, threatened to shoot me in the leg and that I would have a limp".
Giving an outline of the facts to allow Judge Patrick Durcan to see if he will hear the case or transfer the case to the circuit court, Insp Kennedy said that the phone calls by Mr Hannan to Mr Coote commenced on Friday, September 21.
Insp Kennedy said Mr Coote began receiving calls from Mr Hannan at 9.30 in the morning "and Mr Coote said that the calls were threatening and abusive towards him".
He told the court that the purpose of Mr Hannan's calls was querying "the legislation that allowed Mr Coote to take a dog from Mr Hannan".
Mr Hannan made 100 calls to Mr Coote's work mobile phone on the Friday and made hundreds more phone calls to Mr Coote.
The inspector said that Mr Coote had to turn his phone off over the weekend due to the volume of calls.
The calls from Mr Hannan deteriorated, ending up with Mr Hannan threatening to blind and shoot Mr Coote in the leg.
Last week, Mr Coote received national prominence in connection with his role in the discovery of horse carcasses on a cliff edge in west Clare.
After hearing an outline of the State case against Mr Hannan, Judge Durcan said that he would accept jurisdiction.
Solicitor for Mr Hannan, Daragh Hassett said that his client would be fully contesting the charges.
In the case, Mr Hannan is charged with harassing Mr Coote on dates between September 21 and September 26, 2012.
Mr Hannan is also charged with on the same dates at various locations around Ennis persistently make use of the telecommunications systems for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience and anxiety to another.
Mr Hannan was remanded on bail to re-appear before Ennis District Court on June 11.