Wednesday 11 December 2019

Former Sinn Féin councillor and his father charged with intent to commit false imprisonment

Jonathan Dowdall
Jonathan Dowdall

Daniel Hickey

A former Sinn Fein councillor and his father who appeared today at the Special Criminal Court have been charged with the intent to commit false imprisonment.

Jonathan Dowdall (39), with an address at Navan Road, Dublin 7 and Patrick Dowdall (59), of the same address, are both charged with possessing a firearm or imitation firearm, which appeared to be a sawn-off shotgun and a handgun, with the intent to falsely imprison Alexander Hurley, at Navan Road, on January 15th, 2015.

Detective Garda Colm Finnerty, of the Special Detective Unit, told State Solicitor Michael O'Donovan that before the court sat today he met both men, showed them the charge sheets and cautioned them.

The men made no reply, the court heard.

In May, both men were charged with possession of "what appeared to be a sawn off shotgun and a .44 calibre magnum revolver" with the intent to commit the false imprisonment of one Alexander Hurley at their home address on January 15th, 2015.

The DPP was withdrawing those charges and replacing them with the fresh charges, Mr O'Donovan told the court.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding with Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge Flann Brennan, remanded both men in custody until July 22nd, when their case is listed for mention again.

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