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Former Sinn Féin councillor and father charged with falsely imprisoning, assaulting and threatening to kill man

Each of the three charges against Jonathan Dowdall (39) and Patrick Dowdall (59) are alleged to have taken place in Dublin in January 2015.

Jonathan Dowdall
Jonathan Dowdall

A FORMER SINN Fein councillor and his father who appeared at the Special Criminal Court today have been charged with falsely imprisoning, assaulting and threatening to kill another man.

Each of the three charges against Jonathan Dowdall (39) and Patrick Dowdall (59) are alleged to have taken place at Navan Road, Dublin 7, on 15 January 2015.

The men, with an address at Navan Road, Dublin 7, were charged with falsely imprisoning Alexander Hurley by detaining him without his consent.

They were also charged with assaulting Hurley, causing him harm.

Additionally, they were charged with telling Hurley he would be killed, intending him to believe the threat would be carried out.

Last month, the Dowdalls were charged with possessing a firearm or imitation firearm, which appeared to be a sawn-off shotgun and a handgun, with the intent to falsely imprison Hurley, at the same place on the same date.

Detective Sergeant Padraig Boyce, of the Special Detective Unit (SDU), told State solicitor Michael O’Donovan today that he met Jonathan Dowdall in the precincts of the court, where he showed him the charge sheet, read it over to him and explained it in ordinary language.

Jonathan Dowdall made no reply, the court heard.

Detective Garda Colm Finnerty, also of the SDU, told O’Donovan he met Patrick Dowdall before the sitting of the court and read him the charge, to which the accused man made no reply.

October

After the court’s registrar read the charges to the men, O’Donovan told the judges the books of evidence were ready to be served on the accused men. Finnerty handed the books of evidence to the men.

Counsel for the State, Vincent Heneghan BL, applied to the court to remand the men in custody until October.

Michael O’Higgins SC, for Jonathan Dowdall, consented to the application, saying that in the meantime the book of evidence will be considered.

Patrick Dowdall’s counsel, Dean Kelly BL, also consented to the State’s application.

Justice Paul Butler, presiding with Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge Cormac Dunne, remanded both men in custody until 7 October, when their case is listed for mention again.

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