Man who went to ex-partner’s house armed with crossbow, hatchet and sword released on bail


An “excited” man was armed with a crossbow, hatchet and sword in an incident at his ex-partner’s home, a court has heard.

ardaí arrested Robert Blake, 47, of Ratoath Road, Finglas, Dublin following an incident in Lusk, North Dublin last night.

He is accused of possessing weapons and making objects “likely to cause serious injury”, damaging a door with a hatchet, getting drunk in public and breaking the peace of the country.

He appeared before Judge John King at Dublin District Court today.

Garda Tiberiu Badiceanu informed Judge King that the defendant failed to respond to the charges. The arresting officer objected to bail, citing fears of intimidation of witnesses.

Judge King found that direction from the Director of Public Prosecutions was required and the Garda believed additional charges would be brought.

The court heard Mr Blake had previously lived in Lusk alongside his former partner.

Around 11.30pm last night, it was claimed he saw her through her window and was “excited” before starting to yell and damaging her front door “with a hatchet”.

The contested bail hearing was told he also had a crossbow, sword and wooden baton.

The court heard that gardaí arrested him nearby, wearing the clothes described by the woman. Gardaí had confiscated his clothing and he wore overalls for the hearing.

Garda Badiceanu said the man still had “an axe, a crossbow, a wooden staff and a sword” at the time of his arrest.

The Garda told the court he saw a cut in the wood of the woman’s front door.

Garda Badiceanu said the accused lived next door and they feared he would intimidate her.

On cross-examination, however, he accepted that the man no longer resided there or in that area.

The allegedly injured party could not attend the proceedings, the Garda announced.

Defense attorney Fergal Boyle argued there was no clear evidence his client would intimidate the woman, adding he had no opportunity to cross-examine her.

He added that Mr Blake has agreed to meet a number of bail conditions.

Judge King remanded him on bail of €300 to appear in Swords District Court in October on orders from the DPP and “possible further charges”.

He told the accused that he was staying at his family home in Finglas and that he had to observe a 9pm to 7am curfew there. He said Gardaí could check him out “at the front door” and he had to introduce himself to them.

Judge King ordered Mr Blake, who has not yet appealed, to have no contact with the complainant and to stay out of the entire Lusk area.

Mr Blake has been granted legal aid. Man who went to ex-partner’s house armed with crossbow, hatchet and sword released on bail

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