Man arrested for trespassing is allegedly involved in a ‘feud’ with a Tallaght man

A MAN arrested for trespass early last Friday morning (December 7) is involved in a ‘feud’ with a Tallaght man, Tallaght District Court has heard.

The court also heard that John Paul Gantley had been released from prison a week before the alleged incident. 

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Gantley told Judge Patricia McNamara: “I’m not a gangland criminal. I was looking for my €100.”

Gantley, aged 34, from Lismore Road, Crumlin, is charged with trespass at an address at Fortunestown Close, Tallaght, on December 7, 2018. He appeared in custody before Judge McNamara.

Garda Ronan Harris told Judge McNamara that he was objecting to bail. He said he arrested Gantley at 2.15 that morning and added that Gantley was later charged in Tallaght Garda station at 4am.

He said it will be alleged that Gantley was arrested in the vicinity of an address in Tallaght. Garda Harris said it will be alleged that the incident was related to a ‘feud’ that Gantley was involved in with another male.

He said Gantley had been released from jail a week ago.

Gantley told the court he had been collecting €100 that was owed to him. Garda Harris said he had responded to a 999 call that there was an intruder in the injured party’s home.

"He said when he arrived at the scene, he found Gantley in a car leaving the scene. He said Gantley told him he had been visiting a friend. He said Gantley made no reference to collecting €100."

Gantley said: “I’m not a gangland criminal. I was looking for my €100.”

Gantley’s counsel said her client would accept any bail condition.

Judge McNamara remanded Gantley in custody for a week to Cloverhill District Court with consent to his own bail of €200, an independent surety of €500 and on condition that he stay out of the Tallaght area, that he have no contract with any prosecution witnesses, that he observe a curfew from 12 midnight to 7am and that he have no contact with the occupants of the address at Fortunestown Close.

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