Petrol throwing alleged
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.