Wednesday 18 July 2018

Man charged with threatening neighbour has case adjourned, jury discharged

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Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

THE trial of a Galway man charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to his neighbour, has been adjourned and the jury discharged.

David Corbett (48) of St Clerans, Craughwell, Co Galway faces three charges of making threats to three men causing them to believe he would kill or cause serious harm to Ian Quinn, on dates between January 2012 and February 2014.

He is facing a further charge of harassing Mr Quinn, his neighbour and owner of St Clerans House, on dates between March 10, 2012 and July 31, 2015.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The trial began at Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court last week, however, no evidence was heard as a result of ongoing legal argument.

Judge Martina Baxter told the jury today that the case would take much longer than the initial estimate of three weeks. She said that matters had evolved on a daily basis and as a result of this she was not going to delay the jury any longer.

She said as a result of this she was discharging the jury today and adjourning the case. 

Mr Quinn the founder of one of the country's largest medical device companies, Creganna, was in court today.

The first three charges all relate to the Section Five of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997.

The court heard the first charge related to an alleged threat made by Mr Corbett to Kevin Callanan in Craughwell between January 1, 2014 and February 28, 2014 which led him to believe he would kill or cause serious harm to Ian Quinn. 

The second charge related to an alleged threat made by the defendant against Mr Quinn to Gerard Daniels in Craughwell between January 1, and December 31, 2012 and a third similar charge of an alleged threat Mr Corbett made against Mr Quinn to Jody Daniels between January 1, 2013 and January 31, 2013 at a location in Co Galway.

The final charge relates to Section 10 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997. It alleges Mr Corbett harassed Mr Quinn at various locations in Galway between March 10, 2012 and July 31, 2015.

Mr Quinn bought St Clerans House for use as a family home in 2012. The 12,000 square foot manor house was previously owned by the film director John Huston, who lived there with his daughter the actress Anjelica Huston

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