Man charged in relation to weekend shooting

Letterkenny Courthouse.

Letterkenny Courthouse.

A CHURCHILL man appeared in court this morning charged in relation to an alleged shooting of another man last weekend. 

Patrick Joseph Friel (46) of Ballinakillew, Churchill, appeared before Judge Paul Kelly at Letterkenny District Court this morning.


Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court that Mr Friel faces two charges.

The first is a Section 3 assault under the Non Fatal Offences Against The Persons Act.

The second is that he did discharge a firearm being reckless as to whether any person was injured or not contrary to Sec 8 of the Firearms Offences Weapons Act 1990.

Both offences are alleged to have occurred at Ballinakillew on Saturday, January 3rd last.

Garda Sinead McHale said she arrested Mr Friel yesterday but he made no response when both charges were put to him.

The Inspector said the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had directions in the case and asked the judge to adjourn the matter to allow time to submit those in writing.

Inspector Sheridan told the court that the State had no objection to bail.


Adjourning the case to Milford District Court on March 9, Judge Kelly remanded the married father-of-two on continuing bail on the conditions he signs on every Saturday at Milford Garda Station, surrenders his passport and stays away from any witnesses in the case.


Donegal face Roscommon in Dr Hyde Park on Saturday at 5pm.


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