Thursday 19 January 2017

Man who allegedly told French housemates that ISIS attacks were 'excellent' charged with threatening to kill

Published 17/11/2016 | 19:18

Man who allegedly warned French housemates that recent ISIS attacks were 'excellent' charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm Stock photo: Getty Images
Man who allegedly warned French housemates that recent ISIS attacks were 'excellent' charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm Stock photo: Getty Images

A man who is alleged to have suddenly started behaving erratically and warned two French housemates that the recent ISIS terror attacks in France were "excellent" was remanded in custody.

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Cork District Court heard that Shmael Heirouche (39) is also alleged to have said that if he had a sword he would cut the heads off Jews.

Mr Heirouche appeared before Judge Leo Malone after two French nationals complained to Gardaí he had made sinister threats against them.

He is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to the pair.

Mr Heirouche of James Street, Cork appeared in relation to complaints made about his increasingly erratic behaviour since last Monday.

Det Garda Geraldine Daly told the court that, in Garda interviews with the two French nationals sharing rented accommodation with Mr Heirouche, they claimed he described them as Zionists and said that all Zionists should "have their throats cut."

The two men also claimed that Mr Heirouche had made gestures with his hands across his throat which they took to be very intimidating.

It was also alleged that Mr Heirouche, in referring to terrorist attacks in France over the past two years, told his housemates the incidents gave him "great joy."

Det Garda Daly confirmed that Mr Heirouche was arrested by gardaí on Wednesday and taken for questioning about the complaints.

It was claimed that Mr Heirouche has made the comments to the French nationals in the name of Islamic extremism.

The court heard that, in one garda interview, he allegedly told officers he would cut the heads off Jews if he could get a sword.

Mr Heirouche appeared before Cork District Court on Washington Street wearing robes.

He was also holding a copy of the Islamic holy book, the Koran. Inspector Ronan Kenneally told the court that gardaí were formally objecting to bail given the nature of the matters involved. Judge Malone remanded Mr Heirouche in custody until November 24.

It was also directed that Mr Heirouche receive whatever medical assessments and treatment he might require while in custody.

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