Man charged with making death threat to Sunday World journalist

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Simon Murphy
Simon Murphy

A 26-year-old man is facing trial after he was charged today with threatening to kill a senior journalist with the Sunday World newspaper.

Simon Murphy, with an address at Haggard, Ramsgrange, Co. Wexford, appeared before Judge Halpin at Dublin District Court yesterday.

No plea was entered during the brief hearing and he was remanded on bail in his own bond of €200 to appear again next month.

It was his first day in court in connection with the alleged incident and he faces a single count under Section Five of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

His charge alleges that on June 22 last year at Independent House, Talbot Street, in Dublin city-centre, he made a threat to kill or cause serious injury to Niall Donald.

Mr Donald is a news editor with the Sunday World.

The offence can result in a fine as well as a sentence of up to 12 months if the case is dealt with at district court level. However, if sent forward to the circuit court,  a conviction can result in possible five-year term.

Legal aid was granted.