A man has been charged with making threats to kill in Enniscorthy on Sunday evening following an incident in which a nine-year-old boy was attacked by a pitbull.

Niall Byrne, of 19 Forgelands, Enniscorthy appeared before a special sitting of the District Court in Gorey, Co Wexford this evening.

The 27-year-old has been charged with threatening to kill two people at Old Forge Road in Enniscorthy on Sunday evening 27 November, under the non-fatal offences against the person act.

He has also been charged with three unrelated road traffic offences on a different date, including dangerous driving, and driving with no tax or insurance.

Garda Kevin Arnold gave evidence of arresting Mr Byrne yesterday morning.

He said when the charges were put to him, he only replied to one charge to say "sure I never threatened" him.

Mr Byrne's solicitor Lana Doherty consented to her client being remanded in custody "under the circumstances".

She told Judge Gerard Furlong that there was "no medical issue" but asked if he could make a recommendation to the prison governor for "protection in prison in the circumstances. "

Judge Gerard Furlong said he was happy to make a note for the governor asking for the 23-hour lock-up, but said he has no control over that.

He granted legal aid and remanded him in custody to appear before Wexford District Court via video link next Monday.