Belfast Telegraph

Woman faces charge after baby injured in shooting

By Andrew Phelan

A woman has been charged with possession of a gun with intent to endanger life, following a shooting in west Dublin in which an eight-month-old baby was injured, along with his mother and a teenage boy.

Charlene Donovan (23) appeared at Blanchardstown District Court accused of having a shotgun during the incident in which the infant, the 29-year-old mother and 17-year-old boy suffered gunshot wounds.

Judge David McHugh remanded her in custody after her defence lawyer said he was deferring a legal aid application.

The media were banned from reporting the date of her next court appearance for security reasons.

Ms Donovan was the second person to be charged in connection with the shooting in Parslickstown, Mulhuddart on Monday.

Ms Donovan, with an address at the time at Parslickstown Gardens, is charged with possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life on December 11.

Yesterday, garda Michael Parry Jones said he arrested her at Blanchardstown Garda Station at 10.10pm on Wednesday night.

She was charged in his presence and made no reply after caution.

Garda Parry Jones said he was objecting to bail. However, Defence Solicitor Simon Fleming said he would not be making a legal aid application until a later date.

Judge McHugh remanded the accused in custody.

On Wednesday, Ms Donovan's father Dan Donovan (48) appeared in Dublin District Court charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and threatening to kill a man, Michael Collins.

He was not alleged to have shot the infant, but is accused of pointing a gun at another man and telling him: "I am going to bury you forever."

He was granted bail, but remanded in temporary custody.

The court heard the incident related to a feud which had lasted for several years between the accused's family and the Collins family, arising from an alleged clandestine relationship between a male and a female with an intellectual disability.

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