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A FATHER-of-three brandished a knife in the street outside his home and told a neighbour he would "stick it straight through her", it is alleged.

Daniel Burke (39) is accused of producing the knife amid a "brewing conflict" with his neighbours.

The alleged victim said she felt under threat of violence at the time and was terrified of Mr Burke.

Judge Carol Ann Coolican refused to grant bail and remanded the accused in custody, pending the DPP's directions.

Father-of-three Mr Burke, of Derry Park, Crumlin, is charged with assault and producing an article capable of causing serious injury in the course of a dispute on August 15.

The prosecuting garda said the accused replied "Bulls**t" to each charge after caution.

Objecting to bail, she said it was alleged Mr Burke had held what appeared to be a knife in his hand and said to the woman: "You're next, I will stick it straight through you."

Cooperative

The alleged victim lived 10 houses away from the accused with her two small children and she was terrified he was going to kill her, the garda said.

"It is alleged he brandished a knife on a busy street in the middle of the day," the garda said. She agreed with defence solicitor Ruth Walsh that Mr Burke was cooperative in interview and denied all the all- egations.

No weapon was recovered, and the accused was in his own home when gardaĆ­ arrived, Ms Walsh said.

The alleged victim had stated she was "99pc sure it was a knife he was holding", the garda said.

"He was standing straight in front of me, I could see the shape of something sharp in his hand, he was holding it in a stabbing way," the woman had stated.

It was not alleged the accused had any physical contact with the alleged victim.

Ms Walsh said the accused would say he was at home at all times and there was no contact whatsoever.

She said Mr Burke, a cancer patient, was living with his partner and young children.

He was taking his health very seriously and had been "more or less isolating" within his house.

Herald