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Customer 'told publican he was going to pipe bomb bar'

A MAN threatened to pipe bomb a pub after an altercation with bouncers, a court was told.

It also heard that Leroy Roche (27), previously known as Leroy Dumbrell, returned to the Sallynoggin Inn three times in the space of a week after he was ejected and made threats to the owner.

A detective told the court that Roche told the owner: "You don't know who you are messing with. I can have a crew out here."

As part of his bail conditions, Roche has been ordered to stay away from the pub, its owner and any witnesses for the duration of the case.

The accused, of Emmet Road, Inchicore, allegedly threatened the owner of the Sallynoggin Inn and threatened to pipe bomb the place.

Det Gda Daniel Treacy objected to bail, citing the nature of the charge. He also expressed concern that Roche would intimidate witnesses.

Gda Treacy told Dun Laoghaire District Court that Roche was ejected from the Sallynoggin Inn on October 27 last year.

He then returned the next day looking for the owner, but was told he was in the UK.

Gda Treacy said Roche re-appeared on October 29 looking to speak to the owner and asked for CCTV footage of his ejection from the pub, as he wanted to sort out the matter with the bouncers.

DEMANDING

The court heard that Roche left without the CCTV footage, and the owner hoped not to see him again.

Gda Treacy claimed the accused appeared again on November 4 demanding to speak to the owner. He then made a number of threats to the owner and said he would pipe bomb the pub.

Defence lawyer Kim Moloney said Roche enjoys the presumption of innocence and he was willing to abide by bail conditions.

Ms Moloney said Roche is a father of one, and his girlfriend is pregnant with his second child and she has been quite ill during the pregnancy.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell remanded Roche on bail in his own bond of €750, with an independent surety of €1,000 or €500 cash in lieu of surety.

As part of his bail conditions he must sign on daily at Kilmainham garda station.

He must also stay away from the Sallynoggin Inn and its owner, and have no contact, either directly or indirectly, with any witnesses in the case.

The court heard the DPP has directed trial on indictment in the Circuit Court, where the penalties on conviction are greater.

Judge O'Donnell adjourned the matter for eight weeks to a date in June for the service of the book of evidence.

HNEWS@HERALD.IE


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