A man has appeared in court after holding his wife at gunpoint during a siege at her south Dublin home.

William Harton, 40, with an address at Killinarden Estate, Tallaght, Dublin, was arrested following a four-hour stand-off with armed gardaí and negotiators at the home of his wife, Amy Harton, yesterday.

He appeared at Dublin District Court this evening charged with falsely imprisoning Ms Harton at Ballyogan Green, Sandyford.

He was also charged with contravening barring orders.

The court heard the accused and his wife are in process of a separation.

Judge John Lindsay refused bail and remanded Mr Harton in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on 24 February.