Thursday 14 November 2019

Man charged with firearm offence after neighbour injured in shooting

PJ Friel who was charged with gun offences at Letterkenny court. (North West Newspix)
PJ Friel who was charged with gun offences at Letterkenny court. (North West Newspix)

Greg Harkin

A 46-year-old man accused of opening fire on a farmer in Co Donegal has appeared in court charged with assault and discharging a firearm.

Patrick Joseph Friel, (46), of Ballynakillew, Glenswilly, made no reply when charged at Milford Garda Station last night, Letterkenny District Court was told today.

Mr Friel was charged with a Section 3 assault under the Non Fatal Offences Against The Persons Act.

He was also charged with the discharge of a firearm, being reckless as to whether any person was injured.

The charges relate to an incident last Saturday in the town land of Ballynakillew in which 42-year-old farmer Gerard Sweeney was injured.

Gda Sinead McHale told Judge Paul Kelly that Mr Friel made no reply when charged late last night.

Gda Insp Goretti Sheridan said gardai were no objecting to bail subject to conditions.

Judge Kelly ordered that Mr Friel surrender his passport, sign on at Milford Garda Station once per week and stay away from any witnesses in the case.

Solicitor Patsy Gallagher requested legal aid for the father of two. He said his client’s engineering business was facing challenging times.

Inspector Sheridan said the Director of Public Prosecutions had already ruled on the direction of the case.

Judge Kelly remanded Mr Friel on bail to appear again at Letterkenny District Court on March 9.

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