Limerick man guilty of syringe threat

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Damien O'Brien was convicted of both charges
A HEROIN addict has been convicted by a jury of threatening to stab a shop worker with a syringe after he stole a bar of chocolate.

A HEROIN addict has been convicted by a jury of threatening to stab a shop worker with a syringe after he stole a bar of chocolate.

Damien O’Brien, aged 29, who has addresses at Singland Park, Garryowen and at St Munchins Street, St Mary’s Park had denied threatening Seaghan Gleeson with a syringe outside Gleeson’s Spar, Catherine Street on October 10, 2013.

Throughout a three-day trial, he had also denied assaulting an employee at Gleeson’s Spar, Henry Street a short time earlier on the same day.

Following just over an hour of deliberations last evening, the jury of eight men and four women returned unanimous verdicts - finding the defendant guilty of both offences.

After the verdict was delivered, O’Brien reacted angrily shouting at the jurors that he was an innocent man.

It can now be revealed the defendant has more than 100 previous convictions for a variety of offences and has received lengthy prison sentences in the past.

As he was being taken from the courtroom to the cell area he said. “They can’t keep me locked up forever remember that, I’m innocent”.

Judge Tom O’Donnell has indicated he will address the matter of sentence later today.