Wednesday 13 December 2017

Man is charged with threatening to kill female barrister at the Four Courts


A 24-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with making a threat to kill a barrister during an alleged incident at the Four Courts in Dublin, last year.

Gary Howard of Emerald Street in inner city Dublin and Dunsoghly Grove, Finglas, is alleged to have made “a threat to kill or cause serious harm” to a female barrister.

The threat was allegedly made at court six in the Four Courts building on August 16 last year with an intention to make the lawyer believe that it would be carried out.

He was charged at Dublin District Court today under Section Five of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act.

Garda Steven Mullen told Judge Denis McLoughlin that Mr Howard was arrested today . At the Bridewell Garda station, “he made no reply to this charge,” Gda Mullen said.

A state solicitor told Judge McLoughlin that the DPP has directed that Mr Howard is to face “trial on indictment” meaning the case is to be sent forward to the Circuit Court.

Mr Howard, who was wearing a black tracksuit, did not address the court at his hearing and has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge.

There was no bail application and the judge remanded Mr Howard in custody to appear again at Cloverhill District Court on June 6 pending the preparation of a book of evidence.

Legal aid was granted to him after the court heard he was unemployed.

A Circuit Court conviction for a charge of making a threat to kill or cause serious harm can result in a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, or both.

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