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Bail granted Man (46) 'was abusive and damaged neighbours' cars in front of kids', court told

David Byrne (46) allegedly damaged the cars while hurling abuse at his neighbours and trespassing in their gardens

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A man has been accused of causing "extensive damage" to two of his neighbours' cars, in full view of them and children who were out playing.

David Byrne (46) allegedly damaged the cars while hurling abuse at his neighbours and trespassing in their gardens.

He was granted bail at Dublin District Court on condition he stays away from the alleged victims, and his case was adjourned.

Mr Byrne, of Owendoher Grove, Ballyboden, Rathfarnham, is charged with two counts of criminal damage, to the bonnet of one car and the driver's side of another.

The accused is also charged with trespassing in his neighbours' gardens and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Gardaí objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charges.

Outlining the case, the prosecuting garda said it was alleged the accused entered two driveways and damaged cars belonging to his neighbours.

It was alleged he was very abusive toward his neighbours and carried out extensive damage in full view of them and other witnesses.

One of the alleged victims recorded the incident on her mobile phone, the garda said.

A number of children were out playing in the estate while the incident was happening, she added.

Judge Bryan Smyth asked the garda if she knew the value of the damage alleged to have been caused. She said there was no estimate for this yet.

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Applying for bail, defence solicitor Jenny McGeever said the accused, who was living with his wife at the address in question, could undertake to stay away from his neighbours and abstain from alcohol.

Judge Smyth said it was a case that could be dealt with by way of granting bail under strict conditions.

He set bail in the accused's own bond of €200, with no cash lodgment required. Under conditions, he is to have no contact with the two named alleged victims and not trespass at their homes.

Mr Byrne must sign on at Rathfarnham garda station, abstain from alcohol, and be of good behaviour.

The garda confirmed that the DPP had consented to the case being dealt with summarily in the district court.

Judge Smyth remanded the accused on bail to appear in Tallaght District Court on a date later this month.

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