Woman allegedly accosted by four men who threatened to cut her up and send pieces to her father, Cork court hears

Woman allegedly accosted by four men who threatened to cut her up and send pieces to her father, Cork court hears

The court heard a young woman was accosted by four men who got out of a car in Mayfield.

A YOUNG woman was accosted by four men who got out of a car in Mayfield in the mid-afternoon and threatened that she would be cut up in pieces that would be sent to her father.

That was the allegation made today by Sergeant Gearóid Davis in the case against Alan Quilligan, aged 27, with addresses at 6 Annalee Grove, Mayfield, Cork, and 57 Eagle Valley, Sarsfield Road, Wilton, Cork, who was before Cork District Court.

Quilligan faces a charge of violent disorder whereby he allegedly engaged with others in a violent disorder and produced an iron bar so as to cause another person to fear for their safety.

Judge Carol Anne Ní Chúllacháin asked for an outline of the allegations so that she could decide on the issue of whether the case should be heard at district or circuit court level.

Sgt. Davis said the 36-year-old woman was walking through Annalee Grove, Mayfield, Cork, on the afternoon of September 18, 2018, when a car containing four men was driven by.

It was alleged that they shouted abuse at the woman and then got out of the car and approached her.

“They were insulting her and threatening her that they would cut her up in pieces and send them to her father. They were in possession of various weapons. 

"The injured party ran to a nearby house and hid in the garden. Alan Qulligan had an iron bar in his possession, it was alleged,” Sgt Davis said.

Judge Ní Chúllacháin said she would accept jurisdiction to deal with the case at Cork District Court.

The judge also accepted jurisdiction in a case related to the same defendant on October 4, 2018, where Quilligan was accused of producing an iron bar outside a house at Ballinderry Park, Mayfield, Cork. 

He is also charged with assault causing harm and engaging in violent disorder arising out of that.

Sgt. Davis said it was alleged that Quilligan hit a man at his front door and that the householder sustained a cut over the eye but did not attend for medical attention.

Finally, Alan Quilligan was charged with engaging in threatening behaviour at Annalee Grove more recently on November 10, 2019.

All three cases were adjourned for a month at Cork District Court. 

It will then be a matter for him to plead guilty or not guilty to the various charges.

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