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20/10/2021

Judge warns gardai next time 'it could be a body' at Kildare court

Case withdrawn

Judge warns gardai next time 'it could be a body' at Kildare court

Athy court

The case of a man who allegedly smashed up kitchen lights, a TV and a mobile phone in a domestic dispute was withdrawn at Athy District Court on Tuesday, January 22.

Ger Murnane, with an address listed as Churchtown South, Athy, came to the attention of gardai after they were called to the same address in Churchtown on September, 28, 2019.

He was before the court on two counts of criminal damage at the same address and public order, on following the day September 29, 2018.

The court heard that his partner, the injured party wished to withdraw the charges. She rang the gardai after he allegedly broke the kitchen lights at a cost of €100, on September 28, 2018 and the TV at a cost of €250 and he smashed a Samsung mobile phone at a cost of €200 on September 29, 2018.

Judge Desmond Zaidan told Sgt Brian Jacob that this was a waste of gardai resources, adding the next time Mr Murnane comes before him they ‘better object to bail’.

“These are serious allegations,” he said.

“He destroyed property. They are a couple and she now wants to withdraw it - I will not be a part of it. It is only a matter of time before you guys will recover a body and don’t blame it on me.”

He was also before the court on a charge of failing to give a breath specimen and failure to comply with the directions of a gardai at the Topaz filling station on the Dublin Road, Athy, on 22 December 2017.

These charges were adjourned to 28 May, 20 19 when it will resume at Athy District Court.

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