Pensioner accused of threatening to kill a South Dublin County Council executive

A PENSIONER has been accused of threatening a South Dublin County Council executive that he would kill him and “tie his body to the ball in Naas,” when confronted for alleged illegal waste collecting in Clondalkin.

Patrick Maughan, aged 66, is also alleged to have swung his fists at the waste enforcement officer during the incident.

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Blanchardstown District Court

Judge David McHugh remanded him on continuing bail when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court, to decide on a plea.

Mr Maughan, with an address at Oldcastle Drive, Clondalkin is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to a man at Monksfield Grove on May 17, 2019.

The charge is under Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Sgt Maria Callaghan said it would be the state’s case that the accused was driving a Toyota pickup and was in the area to collect waste from houses.

Outlining the allegations, she said it was deemed to be illegal collecting of waste and a senior executive of South Dublin County Council was in the area monitoring the situation in relation to waste collection.

He approached the accused in his van and identified himself as a waste enforcement officer, Sgt Callaghan continued. Mr Maughan became aggressive and swung his fists at the alleged victim, making a number of threats, she said.

Sgt Callaghan said the accused got out of the van and tried to headbutt the man twice.

It was alleged that Mr Maughan then “threatened that he would kill him and tie his body to the ball in Naas.”

The DPP directed summary disposal of the case at district court level if jurisdiction was accepted by the judge, Sgt Callaghan said. Judge Mc Hugh accepted jurisdiction and adjourned the case to February 2021. Solicitor Kelly Breen, applying for free legal aid, she said her client was in receipt of an old age pension.

The judge granted legal aid.

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