The Special Criminal Court is to hear further evidence in the case of a former Sinn Féin councillor who was filmed interrogating, threatening and waterboarding a man who came to his house to buy a motorcycle almost two and a half years ago.

39-year-old Jonathan Dowdall and his father Patrick Dowdall, 59, who live on the Navan Road in Dublin, admitted falsely imprisoning and threatening to kill Alexander Hurley in January 2015.

However in court his counsel said Jonathan Dowdall disagreed with some of the evidence given in the case, including the duration of the attack and his links to the Sinn Féin leader, deputy leader and the IRA.

The court had been due to sentence the two men today but Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy said it will instead hear further submissions later this month.

Mr Hurley went to the Dowdall’s property to buy Jonathan Dowdall's motorbike, but he was attacked after Jonathan Dowdall decided he was a conman after researching him online.

Videos showed Mr Hurley tied to a chair in the Dowdall's garage as Jonathan Dowdall, wearing a balaclava, put a tea towel on his face and poured buckets of water over him.

Patrick Dowdall took out a silver pliers and threatened to pull off Mr Hurley's fingers, starting with the smallest.

The victim is heard pleading for his life as the Dowdalls threatened to chop him up and feed him to the dogs.

He was tied with white cable ties and told "one more twist and you're dead".

In court today however, Senior Counsel Michael O' Higgins said that while what Jonathan Dowdall did was wrong he was under strict instructions to dispute some of the evidence already heard.

He said Jonathan Dowdall did not accept the ordeal lasted three hours or the reference to him being in the IRA and being friends of Gerry Adams and Mary Lou Mc Donald, but he was not offering to disassociate himself with these individuals either because it was not part of the prosecution's case.

He also said he never threatened Mr Hurley's family.

He claimed that in a recent LinkedIn profile Mr Hurley had described himself as a medical doctor and an A and E consultant.

He also said there had been fresh complaints to gardaí about him after he tried to buy a car.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Hurley said he was tortured to the point of deaths door and the psychological injuries will never completely heal.

However Mr O’Higgins said Mr Hurley has previous convictions for dishonesty and his word is not something that can simply be accepted at face value if aspects of it are to be used against Mr Dowdall.

Prosecuting counsel Vincent Heneghan said the evidence in the case was presented the last day that the attack lasted three hours, there was mention of the IRA and that threats were made against Mr Hurley's family.

These, he said, were part and parcel of the case, they were not contested and it was far too late now to be raising these matters.

What happened on LinkedIn and in the media was irrelevant

The court adjourned sentencing and will hear further submissions on 30 May.