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'Menaces for money' Dubliner allegedly threatened to harm another man if he didn't pay €10k, court hears

She handed in to the court a copy of an alleged threatening email sent to the man.

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David Dunne, 39yrs, from Drynam Close, Kinsealy, Dublin pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice(CCJ) on Parkgate Street in Dublin after he appeared before the District Court. Pic: Paddy Cummins/IrishPhotoDesk.ie

David Dunne, 39yrs, from Drynam Close, Kinsealy, Dublin pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice(CCJ) on Parkgate Street in Dublin after he appeared before the District Court. Pic: Paddy Cummins/IrishPhotoDesk.ie

David Dunne, 39yrs, from Drynam Close, Kinsealy, Dublin pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice(CCJ) on Parkgate Street in Dublin after he appeared before the District Court. Pic: Paddy Cummins/IrishPhotoDesk.ie

A Dublin man has been accused of extortion by email after allegedly demanding €10,000 “with menaces” from another man.

David Dunne (39) made threats to harm the man if the money was not paid, it is alleged.

Judge Treasa Kelly adjourned the case at Dublin District Court for the accused to decide how he intends to plead to the charge.

Mr Dunne, with an address at Drynam Close, Kinsealy in north Dublin is charged with making an unwarranted demand with menaces for money from a named man.

The charge alleges this was with a view to making a gain and the offence happened at an unknown location in Dublin on September 16, 2020.

A garda sergeant told Judge Kelly the DPP consented to the case being dealt with at district court level subject to the issue of jurisdiction being considered.

Outlining the prosecution’s case, the sgt said it was alleged the accused demanded €10,000 from a man with menaces, “threatening harm if the money wasn’t forthcoming.”

She handed in to the court a copy of an alleged threatening email sent to the man. The court heard there were other mails.

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David Dunne, 39yrs, from Drynam Close, Kinsealy, Dublin pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice(CCJ) on Parkgate Street in Dublin after he appeared before the District Court. Pic: Paddy Cummins/IrishPhotoDesk.ie

David Dunne, 39yrs, from Drynam Close, Kinsealy, Dublin pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice(CCJ) on Parkgate Street in Dublin after he appeared before the District Court. Pic: Paddy Cummins/IrishPhotoDesk.ie

David Dunne, 39yrs, from Drynam Close, Kinsealy, Dublin pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice(CCJ) on Parkgate Street in Dublin after he appeared before the District Court. Pic: Paddy Cummins/IrishPhotoDesk.ie

After reading the email, Judge Kelly accepted jurisdiction, allowing the case to remain in the district court.

Defence solicitor Brian Coveney asked the judge to make a formal order for disclosure of prosecution material. He said a summary of the evidence had been provided and he expected to get copies of the emails in due course.

The sergeant said four weeks should be sufficient for disclosure to be completed. Judge Kelly adjourned the case to March 10, for the accused to either enter a guilty plea or be given a hearing date if he is pleading not guilty.

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She granted free legal aid after Mr Coveney made an application and submitted a statement of Mr Dunne’s financial means.

The charge is under the Public Order Act.

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