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The trial of a 51-year old man accused of endangering the life of his daughter’s former partner is expected to begin this morning at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court.

Martin Clifford of Glencuttane, Kilgobnet, Beaufort is also accused of recklessly discharging a firearm outside his home on New Year’s Day, 2014.

Tralee CourthouseHe has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

33-year-old John Foley of Boheshill, Glencar, Beaufort suffered an injury to his right hand side and had to undergo surgery at Kerry General Hospital, Tralee Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

Prosecuting counsel Tom Rice said the accused injured his daughter’s former partner outside his home in Glencuttane, Kilgobnet on January 1st, 2014.

Mr Clifford denies he recklessly discharged a firearm contrary to Section 8 of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act, being reckless as to whether any person was injured or not.

He also denies he intentionally or recklessly engaged in conduct which created a substantial risk of death or serious injury to another.

The court heard the trial is likely to last three to four days and there will be a considerable number of garda witnesses from Killorglin, Killarney and Tralee districts as well as from the Garda Technical Bureau.

Evidence will also be heard from members of the Clifford family and staff at Kerry General Hospital, the court heard.

The trial begins today before Judge John Hannan.