Man accused of threat to chop woman’s head off, court hears
10th May 2022
A MAN threatened a mum that he would “chop her head off” over a €14,000 drug debt owed by her son, it has been alleged.
Karl Higgins (28) is accused of threatening to kill the woman and burn down her house after calling to her Dublin home to carry out “intimidation”.
He is facing trial after a judge ruled the allegations were too serious to be dealt with at district court level. Judge Gerard Jones adjourned the case at Blanchardstown District Court for the preparation of a book of evidence
Mr Higgins, of Shancastle Lawns, Clondalkin, is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to two named women in incidents at a house in west Dublin.
Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the DPP had directed the case could be dealt with summarily in the district court on a plea of guilty only.
Judge Jones asked for an outline of the allegations so he could consider the issue of jurisdiction.
Sgt Callaghan said it was the prosecution’s case that on July 19 last year, at 9.30pm, the accused called to the alleged victim’s family home and made threats.
According to gardaí, he returned the following day and threatened the woman in relation to intimidation over a drug debt owed by her son.
The court heard this was a debt of around €14,000.
An audio recording was made of some of the threats that were allegedly made, Sgt Callaghan said.
It was alleged on this audio the accused was heard saying “I’ll chop your head off” and “I’ll kill you”.
It was also alleged that another woman received threatening messages and there was a threat to burn down the property, the court heard.
“There’s no way that could be dealt with in the district court,” Judge Jones said.
Judge Jones refused jurisdiction, meaning that the case will be sent forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when a book of evidence is ready.
The judge adjourned the case to a date in June, for the preparation of the book.
The accused, who was not present in the courtroom, was remanded on continuing bail.
Mr Higgins has not yet entered a plea to the charge, which is under the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.