Petrol throw­ing al­leged

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - By NI­COLA DON­NELLY

A MAN who al­legedly threat­ened to throw petrol over a child and set them on fire is to face trial by judge and jury at the Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court.

Shane Byrne (46) is fur­ther al­leged to have caused €7,420 to an­other per­son’s camper van by spray paint­ing the words ‘Rapist’ and ‘Rapist Out’ on it. The ac­cused has been re­manded on con­tin­u­ing bail un­til De­cem­ber 4 when it is ex­pected he will be served with a book of ev­i­dence be­fore be­ing sent for­ward to the cir­cuit crim­i­nal court for trial.

The de­fen­dant, of Bal­roth­ery Gar­dens in Bal­brig­gan has been charged with caus­ing crim­i­nal dam­age to the camper­van by spray paint­ing the words ‘Rapist’ and ‘Rapist Out’ on it at an ad­dress in Bal­brig­gan on April 19.

He is fur­ther charged with mak­ing a threat to a woman that he would threaten to kill a young per­son on April 12 at an ad­dress in Bal­brig­gan.

Swords District Court heard the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions has di­rected sum­mary dis­posal of the case, mean­ing it can be heard at district court level, where upon con­vic­tion, the penal­ties are less than those im­posed at cir­cuit court level.

How­ever, upon hear­ing the al­leged facts of the case, Judge Der­mot Dempsey re­fused ju­ris­dic­tion to keep the case at district court level.

Out­line the al­leged facts of the case, the pros­e­cut­ing garda said it is al­leged the de­fen­dant caused the dam­age to the al­leged in­jured party’s camper­van by us­ing spray paint.

The ac­cused is fur­ther al­leged to have threat­ened to throw petrol over an 11-year-old child and threat­ened to set him alight. Re­fus­ing ju­ris­dic­tion, Judge Dempsey re­manded him on bail to ap­pear be­fore the court again on De­cem­ber 4 for ser­vice of a book of ev­i­dence.

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