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I'm not a debt collector says accused carpenter

AN alleged debt collector accused of demanding money from a man outside a supermarket with a threat that he would be "coming to his door" is contesting the case against him.

David Brady (32) is accused of approaching the alleged victim and demanding €250 from him in a discount store car park.

A date has been set for his trial after a court heard it would be "a protracted hearing".

The accused has denied he is a debt collector, and has already told Tallaght District Court he is an unemployed carpenter.

Defence solicitor Padraig O'Donovan said that a video recording of Mr Brady's interview by gardai had been provided by the prosecution, but following enquiries it had been established that there was no CCTV evidence from the scene of the incident.





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"It's a serious matter and it is going to be a protracted hearing," Mr O'Donovan said.

Judge John Coughlan adjourned the case to a date in September for hearing at Dublin District Court.

Tallaght District Court heard previously that gardai are maintaining Mr Brady is working as a debt collector.

The accused, of St Maelruan's Park in Tallaght, is charged with one count of demanding money with menace, contrary to the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act, 1994.

The offence is alleged to have taken place in the car park of Lidl, Fortunestown Lane, Tallaght, on April 7 last. The court heard the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matter.

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Garda Sergeant Carmel Henry said it was alleged that there is some history between the two men, and that Brady came up to the victim, demanded €250 and told him he wanted his money back or he would "come to his door".

The video provided by the State relates to an interview that gardai conducted with Brady on April 8 at Tallaght Garda Station.

aphelan@herald.ie


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