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Ex-Sinn Féin councillor pleads guilty to false imprisonment and threatening to kill a man

Jonathan Dowdall and his father will be sentenced on 28 April.

Jonathan Dowdall
Jonathan Dowdall

A FORMER SINN Féin councillor and his father have pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin to falsely imprisoning and threatening to kill another man.

Jonathan Dowdall (38), with an address at Navan Road, Dublin 7 and Patrick Dowdall (59), of the same address, both admitted to falsely imprisoning Alexander Hurley by detaining him without his consent at Navan Road, Dublin 7 on January 15th, 2015.

Both men also pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Mr Hurley at the same place on the same date.

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, presiding at the three-judge, non-jury court, remanded the men in custody until 28 April, when they will be sentenced.

Michael O’Higgins SC, representing Jonathan Dowdall, said that a psychological report would be prepared on behalf of his client.

Vincent Heneghan SC, for the State, said that the DPP would be seeking a victim impact statement.

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