Threatened to kill ex

A MOUNTRATH man who allegedly threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend after setting to fire to her car and driving it to her sister’s house has been sent forward for trial to the Circuit Court.

A MOUNTRATH man who allegedly threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend after setting to fire to her car and driving it to her sister’s house has been sent forward for trial to the Circuit Court.

Michael Condon, with an address listed at Dangan Roe, Castletown, Mountrath, last week faced two charges of criminal damage, a charge of dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and threatening to kill or cause serious harm, at Churchfield Heights, Castletown, on April 23.

The District Court heard from Garda John Paul O’Brien that Condon allegedly entered his ex-partner’s house when she wasn’t present and caused criminal damage. Garda O’Brien said is Condon is accused of setting fire to the woman’s car and drove it to her sister’s house where it is claimed he threatened to kill his ex.

Condon was previously released on bail at the last sitting of the District Court, with conditions that he not come within 2km of Castletown, he must reside at 32 Mountain View Portlaoise, he is to have no contact with any of the witnesses in the case, he must observe a curfew of 10pm to 8am, and he must sign on daily at the Portlaoise Garda Station. Garda O’Brien said that the daily signing on was due to the seriousness of the offences.

At last week’s court, defence, Mr Declan Breen requested that his client should only have to sign on at the garda station three times a week. Judge Catherine Staines refused defence’s application, declaring: “The gardaí need to keep an eye on him.”

Judge Staines put the matter back to the Circuit Court sitting of October 16. A separate charge of obstructing a peace officer was put back to November 8 and Condon was remanded on continual bail.