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Alleged threats Pensioner denies threatening to kill council official and 'tie his body to the ball in Naas'

Patrick Maughan (66) is accused of swinging his fists at the waste enforcement officer and trying to headbutt him before making the alleged threat

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Patrick Maughan (66) will face trial in the district court

Patrick Maughan (66) will face trial in the district court

Patrick Maughan (66) will face trial in the district court

A man has denied threatening to kill a council official and "tie his body to the ball in Naas" after he was confronted on suspicion of illegal waste collection.

Patrick Maughan (66) is accused of swinging his fists at the waste enforcement officer and trying to headbutt him before making the alleged threat in an incident in west Dublin.

The accused, a pensioner of Oldcastle Drive, Clondalkin, is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to the man.

The incident is alleged to have happened at Monksfield Grove in Clondalkin on the morning of May 17, 2019.

When the case came back before Judge David McHugh, Mr Maughan's solicitor Kelly Breen asked for a date to be set for the hearing of the case on a not guilty plea.

The accused was remanded on continuing bail to next year, when the trial at the non-jury district court will take place.

Previously, the court heard it was alleged Mr Maughan was driving a Toyota pickup and was in the area to collect waste from houses.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said it was deemed to be illegal collecting of waste and the alleged victim, a senior executive of South Dublin County Council was in the area monitoring the situation.

When the council official approached the accused in his van, he identified himself as a waste enforcement officer, Sgt Callaghan said.

It was alleged Mr Maughan became aggressive, swung his fists at him and made a number of threats.

Sgt Callaghan said the accused then got out of the van and tried to headbutt the man on two occasions.

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"Patrick Maughan threatened that he would kill him and tie his body to the ball in Naas," Sgt Callaghan alleged.

On the previous date, Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction to keep the case in the district court after hearing the outline of the proposed evidence.

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