The man went to the ex-partner’s house armed with a crossbow, hatchet and sword, the court heard, as bail was granted


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

Ardaí arrested Robert Blake, 47, of Ratoath Road, Finglas, Dublin, following an incident in Lusk, North Co Dublin on Monday 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 yesterday.

Garda Tiberiu Badiceanu told Judge King 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 (DPP) was required and the Garda believed additional charges would be brought.

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

At around 11.30pm on Monday Mr Blake reportedly saw her through her window and was “excited” before starting to yell and damaging her front door “with a hatchet”. The bail hearing was told he also had a crossbow, sword and wooden baton.

The court heard that Gardaí arrested him not far away. Gardaí grabbed his clothes and he wore overalls for the hearing.

Garda Badiceanu

told the court he saw a cut in the wood of the woman’s front door. He added that the defendant lived next door and there were fears 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.

He added that Mr Blake had agreed to comply with a number of bail conditions, including curfews and no contact with the complainant.

The judge remanded him on bail of €300 to appear before Swords District Court in October on orders from the DPP and “possible further charges”. The man went to the ex-partner’s house armed with a crossbow, hatchet and sword, the court heard, as bail was granted

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