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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Man accused of using air rifle to try collect debt

SENT FOR TRIAL IN CIRCUIT COURT

Published 11/12/2012|14:55

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A MAN ACCUSED of bringing an air rifle with him when he went to collect an alleged drug debt must be sent forward to be dealt with in the Circuit Court. That was the ruling of Judge Gerard Haughton last week in the case of Gary Smith from Teachan, Aboragh, Ballycale in Gorey.

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Garda Inspector Pat Cody told how he believed 20-year-old Smith was one of two young men who went to the house of Susan Curry at Raheenduff on January 6. The man they were looking for was not present when they called seeking payment.

The prosecution maintained that the defendant then broke a window at the house with the butt of the gun before he was driven off. The DPP would have been happy to let Judge Gerard Haughton deal with the matter but, at Wednesday's sitting of the District Court, the judge decided that it must be referred to the higher authority.

The court also dealt with a charge against Niall McGrath from 1 Railway View in Gorey arising from the same incident. He was accused of impeding the prosecution in the case.

Garda Inspector Pat Cody maintained that McGrath (19) went to Raheenduff that night and that he was the one who drove the car on the date in question. The case was adjourned.

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