Man charged with threatening CAB

Charges of threatening officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau were put to Christy ‘Ditsy’ Nevin when he appeared at Mullingar District Court with more than 60 others in relation to the Dalton Park riot last July.

Mr Nevin (54 ) of Bay 8, St Michael’s Park was previously described in court as one of the chief instigators in the feud between families in Mullingar.

He is alleged to have threatened to shoot a social welfare officer and a revenue officer who went to his home to serve papers on him in April.

Detective Garda Martin Harrington alleged Mr Nevin had emerged from his caravan in jeans and runners but no top. He swung a belt at the two gardai, a revenue official and a social welfare official and told them to get off the site.

He told them to post the papers through the letterbox. Then he walked to within two feet of the revenue officer and said he had no problem getting a gun and he knew how to use it.

Detective Garda Harrington said it would be further alleged that he told the officers he would shoot them and then himself, and pointed with his finger to his head to illustrate.

He is then alleged to have said he’d ask three men who were approaching from another direction to beat them up.

Judge John Neilan described the allegations as serious, and Mr Nevin told the court he had apologised shortly afterwards and the comments were “just a slip of a word that came out that day”.

Ms Patricia Cronin pointed out that the presumption of innocence rests with her client.

An unemployed family member posted the €2,000 independent cash surety from money she had in a savings account, and Mr Nevin paid over his own cash bond of €1,000.

Sixty-two men and one woman, the majority of whom are charged with violent disorder were due to have the Book of Evidence served on them so their case could be sent forward to the Circuit Court for trial. However the Books were not ready and the defendants have been remanded on further bail to appear on June 8.


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