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case adjourned 'Scorned lover' threatened to burn face of man who called to ex-partner's home, court hears

Gilbert San Juan (29) is accused of brandishing a sharp metal implement and making the threat over "occasional" visits the man was making to his ex's house

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Dublin District Court

Dublin District Court

Dublin District Court

A "scorned lover" threatened a man who called to his former partner's home that he would kill him and "burn his face", it is alleged.

Gilbert San Juan (29) is accused of brandishing a sharp metal implement and making the threat over "occasional" visits the man was making to his ex's house.

The case was adjourned at Dublin District Court.

Mr San Juan, of no fixed address, is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to the man.

The incident is alleged to have happened at Talbot Street in Dublin city centre on December 18 last year.

Garda Sergeant Michelle Lynch told Judge John King the DPP was consenting to the case being dealt with summarily at district court level subject to the issue of jurisdiction being considered.

Outlining the prosecution's case, she said the man called to a garda station and reported that the accused had "threatened to kill him and burn his face" if he visited a named woman's house again.

Mr San Juan had been in a relationship with the woman and the alleged victim was now visiting her address, Sgt Lynch said.

It was claimed the accused was "holding a sharp item in his fist and pointing it at the injured party" at the time the threat was made.

He could not identify what it was but "it was metal and it looked sharp," the court heard.

The man had said he visited the house occasionally and it was the second time the accused had threatened to kill him, Sgt Lynch said.

"He's a scorned lover, is that it?" the judge asked. The sergeant agreed.

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Having heard the summary of the allegations, Judge King accepted jurisdiction, allowing the case to remain in the district court.

The judge ordered disclosure to the defence and adjourned the case to a date in October, for the accused to decide how he intends to plead to the charge, which is under the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

The judge deferred a legal aid application until the next date and told barrister Garrett Casey a statement of the accused's financial means should be submitted to the court.

Mr San Juan was not required to be present in court for the jurisdiction hearing and was remanded on continuing bail in his absence.

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