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Man is accused of threats to woman over her ex's debt


Des Smith is accused of demanding money with menaces

Des Smith is accused of demanding money with menaces

Des Smith is accused of demanding money with menaces

A man has been accused of calling to a woman's home and using threats to demand payment of a debt owed by her ex-partner.

Des Smith (21) is alleged to have told the woman: "You have a child with him and someone will have to pay."

He was granted bail and had the case against him adjourned when he appeared before Dublin District Court.

Mr Smith, of The Island Apartments, Chapelizod, is charged with demanding money with menaces.

Objecting to bail, the prosecuting garda cited the seriousness of the allegation.

He told Judge Michael Walsh it was alleged the accused went to the woman's home in Dundrum on June 10 and demanded money which was owed by her former partner.

The garda said the maximum sentence on conviction on indictment was 14 years.

He was concerned that if granted bail the accused would interfere with prospective witnesses.


Applying for bail, defence barrister Joseph Mulrean said the complainant had not yet made a statement.

The garda replied that an appointment had been made to take a statement from her.

Asked if he would be amenable to strict bail conditions, the garda said it was a matter for the court.

Judge Walsh granted bail on condition the accused stays out of the Dundrum and Sandyford areas and has no contact directly or indirectly with the alleged victim or any witnesses.

He is to sign on daily at Kilmainham Garda Station, provide gardai with a mobile phone number, be of good behaviour and not commit any offences.

He is to notify gardai of any change of address and keep his phone switched on at all times.

Mr Smith nodded when the judge asked if he undertook to abide by the bail conditions.

The judge told the prosecuting garda that if there was any breach of bail, he could apply for a warrant to arrest Mr Smith and bail would be revoked.

He remanded the defendant on bail, to appear in court again in October, for the directions of the DPP.