Man accused of sending threatening Facebook messages to Russian embassy staff

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A man has been accused of sending social media messages threatening that the Russian Embassy in Dublin will be ‘burnt down’.

Gardai charged Brian Murphy (53), of The Heights, Newcastle Manor, Newcastle, Dublin, under the Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offenses Act.

He faces four counts of sending threatening or grossly offensive communications via Facebook with the intent to harm staff at the Russian Embassy in Orwell Road, Rathgar, in March.

He appeared before Judge Bryan Smyth at Dublin District Court on Monday.

Garda Austin Larkin told the court Mr Murphy was arrested after a warrant was issued last month. He was taken to Rathfarnham station to be charged.

The DPP ordered that the case be handled at the district court level and not the circuit court, which has broader sentencing powers.

Garda Larkin said it happened on four dates from March 4 to March 16.

In a summary of the evidence for the prosecution, he alleged that the defendant sent messages to the Russian Embassy’s Facebook account “threatening staff in connection with the invasion of Ukraine”.

The court heard that they “referred to the burning of the British Embassy”, which happened in 1972 and “the same thing would happen to the Russian Embassy, ​​and its staff would not be in state security”.

Judge Smyth accepted his jurisdiction and granted a request by defense barrister John Griffin for an order for full disclosure of Garda’s evidence, including statements and video of Mr Murphy’s interview.

There was no objection to bail.

Mr Griffin said his client had consented to the terms requested by the investigator.

Judge Smyth ordered the defendant to have no contact, direct or indirect, with embassy personnel, including electronically.

He ordered Mr. Murphy to appear again in December to enter a plea.

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