A WITNESS has told the Special Criminal Court how he "panicked" and escaped out the back window of his apartment after two car loads of men called to his home.
Derek Palmer (56), of Corduff Green, Blanchardstown, and Joe Clarke (40), of Geraldstown Woods, Santry – both in Dublin – have both pleaded not guilty to membership of the IRA on July 14, 2011.
Paul Doyle told the court that on the evening in question he was in his ground-floor apartment at Castleland Court in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, with his girlfriend Shauna Baxter and her child.
He went outside and heard two men asking if they could talk to him. Mr Doyle said he could not give a description of the pair, but recalled that they were with two carloads of other men.
He "panicked", running straight back into the apartment and out a window at the rear. At the time, he had a pending court appearance for the possession of cocaine for sale or supply.
The trial continues on Tuesday.