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Priory Hall developer McFeely threatened to slit woman's throat, court told

Bankrupt Priory Hall developer Thomas McFeely. Photo: Collins Courts
Bankrupt Priory Hall developer Thomas McFeely. Photo: Collins Courts

Eimear Cotter

Bankrupt Priory Hall developer Thomas McFeely threatened to slit a woman's throat and "send her to America in a box", a court was told.

Mr McFeely (68) is also alleged to have demanded she hand back money which he claimed she owed him.

The accused, who lives in London, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with two counts of breaching a protection order at a house in south Dublin on February 12 and February 20 last year.

Mr McFeely, who has denied the charges, has claimed he did not know a protection order was in place at the time of the alleged breaches.

In her evidence, the woman, who cannot be identified by order of the judge, alleged that Mr McFeely came to her home at 9am on February 12, 2016.

She claimed he was very angry and said he wanted to talk.

The woman alleged that Mr McFeely made a number of threats towards her, saying he would slit her throat and "send her to America in a box".

She also claimed he demanded back money, which he said she stole from him. The woman further claimed that, in a second incident on February 20, Mr McFeely said, in a text message: "If you want to be a scumbag there'll be consequences."

She said he also called at her home that day, but she was out. When she returned, and saw him at her front door she hid in a neighbour's garden until he drove away. The woman told the court she was terrified of Mr McFeely and in fear of him.

She further claimed that he has anger management issues.

Cross-examined by Stephen Montgomery, the woman denied that the alleged argument on February 12 - which she said lasted two hours - was primarily about money or that she could have left the house at any time.

The court heard that Mr McFeely will deny he was in the woman's house. Mr Montgomery applied for the case to be struck out, arguing Mr McFeely did not know a protection order was in place at the time.

Refusing the application, Judge John Lindsay said he was satisfied that Mr McFeely knew the order was in place. The judge adjourned the case to a date later this month.

Irish Independent

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