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making threats Prisoner allegedly threatened to blow officer's head off, court hears


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A DUBLIN man has been charged with making threats to kill after he allegedly said he would "blow the head off" a prison officer who was helping him to move cells.

Anthony Dennis (36) said "I don't know anything about that" after he was charged.

As part of his bail conditions, he was ordered not to have any contact with the alleged injured party.

He is facing trial in the circuit court after a judge refused jurisdiction of the charge.

The accused, of Lally Road in Ballyfermot, is charged with making a threat to kill or cause serious harm to a prison officer at Cloverhill Prison on September 27, 2020.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the DPP had directed summary trial in the district court on the matter.

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Garda Cormac Lavin alleged that Mr Dennis was being helped by prison officers to relocate to a new cell.

As his belongings were being packed up, Mr Dennis allegedly turned to one of the prison officers and said "when I get out of here I'm going to blow your head off".

Gda Lavin said the prison officer asked Mr Dennis to repeat what he had said, and he allegedly repeated "I'm going to blow your head off".

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe argued any alleged remarks were "meaningless" and nothing more than comments during an argument.

Judge Gerard Jones said he was refusing jurisdiction of the matter.

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