Limerick man threatened to “knife” garda

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse
A BALLINACURRA Weston man who threatened to “Knife” a garda was sentenced to ten weeks imprisonment.

A BALLINACURRA Weston man who threatened to “Knife” a garda was sentenced to ten weeks imprisonment.

Mark Barry, aged 23, of Garryglass Avenue pleaded guilty to engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour at Byrne Avenue, Prospect shortly after midnight on August 26, last.

Sgt Donal Cronin told Limerick Court that Garda Dean Landers was on patrol in the Hyde Road area at around 12.40am when he observed Mr Barry and another man acting suspiciously.

He approached the men and at nearby Byrne Avenue, Mr Barry became abusive towards him saying: “I’ll get you some day on your own and I’ll knife you, you rookie.”

Solicitor Sarah Ryan told the court Mr Barry wished to apologise for the “distasteful” comments and she said he had “no intention of harming Garda Landers”.

However, Judge Eugene O’Kelly said in his view there was “something particularly sinister” about the comments .

He said there may have been a “residual fear (in Garda Landers’ mind) since that maybe this is the day that he (Mark Barry) will make good on the threat”.

The judge added that the comments were at the limit of the public order legislation under which he was charged and he commented that Mr Barry was “extremely lucky” that he was not facing a more serious charge.

He imposed a 10 week prison sentence which is to be served consecutively to a sentence which Mr Barry is currently serving.

John Lysaght, aged 23, of Talbot Avenue, Prospect received a suspended eight-week sentence after he also pleaded guilty to public order charges relating to the same incident.