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Ex-Sinn Fein councillor refused bail over false imprisonment and threat to kill charges

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Jonathan Dowdall
Jonathan Dowdall

A former Sinn Fein Councillor and his father accused of falsely imprisoning, assaulting and threatening to kill another man have been refused bail at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.

Jonathan Dowdall (39), with an address at Navan Road, Dublin 7 and Patrick Dowdall (59), of the same address, are both charged with falsely imprisoning Alexander Hurley by detaining him without his consent at Navan Road, Dublin 7 on January 15th this year.

Both men also face charges of threatening to kill Mr Hurley and of assaulting the man, causing him harm, at the same place on the same date. 

Additionally, they are 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 Mr Hurley, also at the same place on the same date.

Today, Mr Justice Robert Eagar, presiding at the non-jury court, with Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain and Judge James Faughnan, refused bail to the two men.

On Monday, the gardai had objected to bail.

Detective Sergeant Padraig Boyce, of the Special Detective Unit (SDU), told the court that the objection was based on the "seriousness" of the charge.

The court had also heard evidence from Detective Chief Superintendent Finbar O'Brien, of Ballymun garda station, who said that his objection was based on Section 2A of the Bail Act. 

The section allows a Chief Superintendent give evidence that the refusal of bail is necessary to prevent the commission of a serious offence. 

Mr Justice Eagar said that the court accepted the evidence of Det Sgt Boyce and took into account the "nature and seriousness of the charges". 

Both men were remanded in custody until May 15th next year, when their trial is expected to begin.

By Daniel Hickey