Thursday 14 November 2019

Mansfield Jnr 'punched by man who swung sword in burglary'

James Mansfield Jr. Photo: Collins Courts
James Mansfield Jr. Photo: Collins Courts
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

Businessman James Mansfield Jnr was punched by a man who then began swinging an ornamental sword around during a violent burglary at his home, it has been alleged.

A court was told a gang of five intruders, some armed with Stanley knife blades, got into his house, with one allegedly threatening his ex-wife that she would be shot if she called the gardaí.

It was alleged that the events unfolded last week after a man arrived and remonstrated with Mr Mansfield about a horse that was being kept on his land.

Two brothers appeared in Blanchardstown District Court charged over the alleged incident at the south-west Dublin home of Mr Mansfield, the son of the late billionaire hotelier James Mansfield Snr.

Martin Wall (40), of Woodbine House, Pollardstown, Curragh, Co Kildare, and his brother Edward 'Ned' Wall (47) of Fortunestown Crescent, Tallaght, are each charged with aggravated burglary.

Judge David McHugh granted them each €10,000 cash bail under conditions. He remanded them in custody for a week, with consent to bail.

The incident is alleged to have happened at Mr Mansfield's home at Tassaggart House, Garter's Lane, Saggart, on November 1.

Objecting to bail, Detective Sergeant Darragh Kenny said both men were known to Mr Mansfield.

It was alleged that Edward Wall arrived in an SUV and was admitted by Mr Mansfield's ex-wife.

He was upset over "the issue of a horse, and where it was to be kept", and had a heated conversation in the living room with Mr Mansfield, the court heard.

It was alleged that Edward Wall summoned others from the SUV, telling Mr Mansfield he could "tell what he told Mr Wall to the rest of the gang", Det-Sgt Kenny added.

Martin Wall and others allegedly entered the house without permission. Some or all of the group had Stanley knife blades, the garda said.

It was alleged that Mr Mansfield was punched in the face twice by Martin Wall who then picked up an ornamental sword and swung it, hitting a door.

It was alleged that Edward Wall punched another man who was in the house and others threw furniture around the room.

Det-Sgt Kenny said CCTV footage showed Edward Wall entering the house, and then Martin Wall leaving the house with the sword.

James and Donna Mansfield told gardaí that when she went to pick up the phone, an unknown member of the group, not the accused, told her "not to call the gardaí or she would be shot".

The accused were among a "group of five, clearly acting in concert from start to finish", Det-Sgt Kenny said.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Lorraine Stephens said the accused "strenuously denied any involvement" and would contest the case. They were presumed innocent, she said.

Martin Wall was a father-of-six and was on disability allowance, the court heard.

Under bail conditions, the accused must have no contact by any means with the Mansfield family or any witnesses, including James and Donna Mansfield, and Anthony, Martin and PJ Mansfield.

They will appear in Cloverhill District Court on a date next week for the DPP's directions.

Irish Independent

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