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25/09/2021

Builders threatened and verbally abused Leixlip man and his family before he produced shotgun

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The son of a Leixlip man who was arrested for waving a shotgun at a group of workers on Monday afternoon has spoken of the verbal abuse and provocation that led to his father taking extreme measures to warn off the men. The son, who wishes to remain anonymous to protect his family's privacy, said that three workers verbally and physically attacked his family and it was only when his father produced the firearm that the builders backed away. The workers were working on the family's neighbour's garden and one of the man's sons asked the workers to stop the work until the council came out as he felt it was encroaching on their own garden. The workers then said they would carry on working regardless and began to threaten the son he told KildareNow. "My brother said he was ringing the council and they told him to f*** off. They told him if he wanted to step into the garden that they'd kill him pretty much. They threatened me at one point. Both of my neighbours either side of my house called around to ask them what was going on and they physically removed one of my neighbours from the house told both of them to f*** off," he said. "Then my dad arrived and they pretty much attacked him and pulled him out of the house. He had the gun from the day before, he had no bullets with him and he felt ganged up on. There was three big men pulling him out of the house. My dad is in his sixties, these men were in their thirties. He went out to the back garden and flashed the gun and shouted get off my property. He was scared as well." "They were out of order, we were the victims at the start and within a few seconds they were the victims. They played it, they said [we complained] because they were too loud but they lied." The 61-year-old was released later on Monday without charge and a file was being prepared to be sent to the DPP.

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