A jury at the Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court has found a 49-year-old man not guilty on three counts of threatening to kill a Galway businessman on dates between 1 January 2012 and 28 February 2014.

David Corbett, with an address at St Clerans, Craughwell, Co Galway, was also cleared on a fourth count of harassing Ian Quinn in the Craughwell area on dates between 2012 and  2015.

During the two week trial, the court heard about escalating disagreements between the two men that culminated in a Garda investigation in 2015.

The dispute centred around boundaries and access routes to St Clerans, a Georgian manor in Craughwell.

Mr Quinn, the founder of medical devices firm Creganna, purchased the property as a family home in 2012.

Mr Corbett lives on land adjoining the property, while his mother also owns a separate house nearby.

Matters came to a head after a private security firm, Risk Management International (RMI), was employed by Ian Quinn.

It carried out an investigation, interviewed witnesses and presented its findings to Garda Superintendent Kevin Gately in August 2015.

The court heard how three witnesses gave evidence that Mr Corbett had made statements to them which led them to believe that he intended to kill or cause serious harm to Mr Quinn.

After the verdict of was delivered,  Mr Corbett thanked the jury for finding him not guilty on all four counts and said he was relieved at the outcome.

 

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