Thursday 18 January 2018

Man allegedly trespassing at home of U2's Larry Mullen armed with golf club

Larry Mullen of U2
Larry Mullen of U2

Tom Tuite

A man accused of trespassing at the home of U2 drummer Larry Mullen armed with a golf club has been remanded in custody.

Gerard O'Neill, of Orchid House, James Street, Dublin 8, did not show up for a court hearing on January 7 when he was due to face extra charges.

A bench warrant for his arrest had been issued and on Saturday he was brought before Dublin District Court and remanded in custody.

The 31-year-old appeared again at Cloverhill District Court today and was further remanded in custody for another two weeks by Judge Victor Blake.

He has already been charged with trespassing on the curtilage of a building at Claremont Lodge, Claremont Road, Howth in such a manner as to cause fear in another person, on October 19 last.

The alleged offence is contrary to Section 13 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act.

The 31-year-old faces another connected charge under section nine of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act for possessing a golf club on the same date with intent to unlawfully cause injury or to intimidate two gardai in the course of their duty.

Mr O’Neill had been granted bail at an earlier stage in the proceedings while gardai sought directions from the DPP.

On January 7, prosecuting Garda Aishling O'Neill had told Dublin District Court the matter was before the court for “further charges and DPP directions” but there was no sign of the defendant on that date.

In November an order had been made for disclosure of prosecution evidence to the defence.

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