Longford court hears how accused threatened woman with scissors

A court has heard how a man allegedly threatened to stab a woman in the heart with a pair of scissors after breaking into her house during the early hours of the morning.

Steven Farrell (25), of 6 St Anthony's Cottages, Mullingar, Westmeath appeared at a sitting of Longford District Court last week.

Garda Vincent Reynolds gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution in relation to an incident that occurred at 18 Ennell Court, Mullingar, Westmeath on December 1 2017.

Garda Reynolds said it would be alleged that Mr Farrell entered a private property where a 62-year-old woman was sleeping alone.

When she woke, she found a man standing over her armed with a pair of scissors.
"He demanded money, jewellery and car keys or else he would her in the heart with a pair of scissors he was holding," said Garda Reynolds.

Judge Seamus Hughes was told by the prosecuting garda, the victim was not in possession of her car on the night in question, resulting in the eventual theft of her mobile phone and jewellery.

Garda Reynolds added Mr Farrell was initially questioned over the incident but denied any involvement.

However, on foot of subsequent forensic analysis having been carried out on the alleged weapon used in the incident, Mr Farrell was re-arrested and charged with burglary on Monday evening.

The accused, sporting a blue jacket and blue trousers, did not address the court during yesterday's hearing.

Garda Reynolds said because directions had yet to be received from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the State would be applying for Mr Farrell to be remanded in custody.

Judge Hughes granted that request, remanding Mr Farrell to appear back before a sitting of Harristown District Court last Friday.

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