A BOMB has detonated outside the family home of a self-confessed drug dealer -- days after he appeared in court.
The device was placed under a car outside the home of dealer Colm Ennis (23) on Dromheath Grove in Mulhuddart.
The explosion caused substantial damage to the back of the car.
The device detonated at around 1am on Monday and the army bomb squad was called to the scene to conduct a post-blast analysis.
The device used in that attack is understood to have been a crude pipebomb.
A local resident told the Herald that he heard a loud bang in the middle of the night before gardai and the army bomb squad came to the scene.
"The bang was so loud the windows shook, it was very frightening," he said.
A Defence Forces spokesperson told the Herald that the bomb squad was sifting through the remnants of the device for technical information which may help gardai in their enquiries.
The incident took place six days after Ennis was let off on drugs charges by a judge -- to take up a job in New York.
He was caught with two bars of cannabis, worth €1,200, after officers spotted a vehicle speeding out of a Blanchardstown estate.
Judge Patrick McMahon left Ennis without a conviction after he heard he is due to start working as a barman in New York.
Ennis admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cannabis and having the drug for sale or supply.
He was stopped by gardai on October 5 last year at Old Navan Road in Castleknock and officers discovered two blocks of cannabis in the vehicle.
Judge McMahon applied the Probation Act at the hearing last Monday.