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David Farrell

David Farrell

David Farrell

A MAN brandished a three-pronged piece of metal fencing during a brawl with another man in a corner shop in front of the elderly female store owner, it is alleged.

When the fight moved outside, David Farrell (34) tried to push his way back in as the 78-year-old shopkeeper struggled to keep the door shut, a court was told.

Mr Farrell, of Nephin Road, Ashtown, Dublin, is charged with producing a weapon in the course of a dispute.

He pleaded not guilty, and the case against him was adjourned for hearing at a later date.

The incident is alleged to have happened at Maureen's Shop, Manor Place, Stoneybatter, on December 18, 2019.

Dublin District Court heard gardaí received a call at 9.45pm that the accused and another man were involved in a dispute at the shop.

Argument

Gardaí arrived and spoke to the shopkeeper.

It was alleged the accused had brought a three-pronged piece of fencing, and engaged in a physical argument with the other man.

"As the altercation continued, both parties were engaged in trying to pull the implement from each other in the shop," a garda sergeant said.

The two men went out into the street, while the owner was still in the shop. She attempted to close the door and keep it locked to prevent the two men from entering again, the court heard.

It was alleged Mr Farrell then tried to enter the shop as the woman attempted to keep the door closed, trying to push his way into the premises.

The shopkeeper told gardaí he had pushed against the door while she was inside.

It was not until a neighbour intervened that she was able to shut the door. The accused was arrested at the scene.

There was no suggestion the piece of fencing was directed at the woman.

Judge Treasa Kelly accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case and adjourned it to a date in January 2022 for hearing.

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