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'Upset' brother of dead man in outburst

A FATHER-of-one who angrily put his fist through a wall when his ex-partner asked him to leave her house was very upset as he had just marked the first anniversary of his brother's death, a court heard.

Declan Molloy (27) said he is still struggling to come to term with the death of his brother, Gareth, in May last year.

Gareth Molloy (28) was shot by armed gardai following the attempted robbery of a cash in transit van which was delivering money to an ATM in a Centra shop in Lucan on May 15. Mr Molloy later died from his injuries.

Defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury, said Molloy had endured a "bad week" as it was the anniversary of his brother's death.

The defendant, of Sheriff Street Lower, Dublin 1, admitted before Cloverhill District Court to breaching a barring order.

The incident took place at Railway Street, Dublin 1 on May 16. A garda witness said that Molloy was very aggressive towards his ex-partner when he entered her home, and punched the wall when he was asked to leave.

The court heard that Molloy has 21 previous convictions, mostly for public order and theft matters.

Ms Bambury said Molloy had arrived at the house with the couple's two-year-old son.

She said the defendant's ex-girlfriend suffers from bipolar disorder and claimed she was not taking her medication.

Mr Bambury said Molloy's ex-girlfriend finds it difficult to cope on her own, and he often stays to help her, and to look after their son.

The lawyer added that Molloy was upset, and it was a "bad week," as the previous day was the first anniversary of his brother's death.

Judge John Lindsay ordered the defendant to enter into a peace and good behaviour bond for two years.