Wednesday 21 February 2018

Former Sinn Fein councillor and father plead guilty to falsely imprisoning and threatening to kill man

Jonathan Dowdall
Jonathan Dowdall

Daniel Hickey

A former Sinn Fein councillor and his father have pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin to falsely imprisoning and threatening to kill another man.

Jonathan Dowdall (38), with an address at Navan Road, Dublin 7 and Patrick Dowdall (59), of the same address, both admitted to falsely imprisoning Alexander Hurley by detaining him without his consent at Navan Road, Dublin 7 on January 15, 2015.

Both men also pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Mr Hurley at the same place on the same date.

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, presiding at the three-judge, non-jury court, remanded the men in custody until April 28th, when they will be sentenced.

Michael O’Higgins SC, representing Jonathan Dowdall, said that a psychological report would be prepared on behalf of his client.

Vincent Heneghan SC, for the State, said that the DPP would be seeking a victim impact statement.

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