Man accused of threatening to kill woman as she collected son from school

A Dublin man has gone on trial accused of threatening to kill a woman and put her in the boot of his car as she collected her son from school.

Thomas McConnell (aged 28) is alleged to have made a number of menacing demands for money and to have harassed one woman over a drug debt.

Mr McConnell of Dunemer Rise, Lusk, has pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including demanding money with menace from Joanne Daly at her home on Shangan Road, Ballymun on three occasions in July and August.

He has also pleaded not guilty to producing a hammer during the course of a fight at Shangan Road on August 9, 2011 and to making a threat to kill Louise Sheridan on August 23.

Finally he has pleaded not guilty to harassing Ms Daly at her home between July 29 and August 23, 2011 and to criminal damage at her home on August 23.

Opening the trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Colm O’Briain BL, prosecuting, told the jury that they will hear evidence that the accused told Ms Daly in July 2011 that a debt was owed to him from a relative of hers who has drug addiction problems.

He said the jurors would be told that on a later date Mr McConnell took a hammer out of the boot of his car and produced it in an intimidating manner during a dispute with Ms Daly.

He told the court that in August 2011 Ms Sheridan, a friend of the drug addict, saw the accused driving in the area after she picked her child up from school.

He said she was trying to avoid the accused but he saw her and made threats to her.

Mr O’Briain said that witnesses would testify that the accused threatened to kill her and put her in the boot of his car.

The trial continues before Judge Patrick McCartan and a jury of four women and eight men.


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