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Alleged threats Man (56) accused of threatening to kill councillor Francis Timmons and his husband

Noel Collins allegedly left the threats on independent councillor Francis Timmons' voicemail after he did not get a food parcel, a court heard

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Noel Collins

Noel Collins

Noel Collins

A man has been accused of threatening to kill a South Dublin County Councillor and his husband.

Noel Collins (65) allegedly left the threats on independent councillor Francis Timmons' voicemail after he did not get a food parcel, a court heard.

Gardai also alleged Mr Collins had been “disseminating defamatory information” in the community about Cllr Timmons, founder of Clondalkin Helping Homeless which delivers food to people in need.

Judge Gerard Jones granted bail and adjourned the case at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Collins, with an address at Lealand Gardens, Clondalkin, is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Cllr Timmons and his husband Darren Lamont.

The offences are alleged to have happened at their home on March 19 this year.

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Darren Lamont and Francis Timmons on their wedding day

Darren Lamont and Francis Timmons on their wedding day

Darren Lamont and Francis Timmons on their wedding day

Garda Keith Cleary said the DPP consented to the case being dealt with summarily at district court level.

Judge Jones asked for a summary of the allegations so he could consider whether to accept jurisdiction.

The garda said it was alleged the accused threatened by voicemail to kill Cllr Francis Timmons and his husband.

The garda said the incident followed an interaction between the accused and the councillor. A food parcel was not given to the accused, who “has a history of alcohol misuse and by his own admission does not deal well with confrontation when intoxicated,” the garda said.

After some time, Gda Cleary alleged, the accused left voice mails on the alleged victim’s phone. Although the number was blocked, voice mails could still be left, the court heard.

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After hearing the summary of evidence, Judge Jones accepted jurisdiction, allowing the case to remain in the district court.

The garda asked for it to be made a condition of bail that the accused “does not disseminate any defamatory information in relation to the injured parties.”

Judge Jones asked what the garda’s fear was.

Gda Cleary said it was that Mr Collins was “disseminating information in the community that is of a defamatory nature to the injured parties.”

Cllr Timmons was “an upstanding member of society and in the public eye” and this could affect his profile, Gda Cleary said.

Judge Jones agreed to add this condition to the accused’s bail terms. He ordered disclosure of prosecution material to the defence at the request of Mr Collins’ barrister Jennifer Jackson.

The case was adjourned to July 8.

Mr Collins has not yet indicated pleas to the charges, which are under Section 5 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

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