Pensioner banned from Limerick after weilding knife at security staff

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

AN OLD-AGED pensioner who violently confronted security staff at Colbert Station with a knife has been told he will go to prison if he does not stay away from Limerick.

AN OLD-AGED pensioner who violently confronted security staff at Colbert Station with a knife has been told he will go to prison if he does not stay away from Limerick.

Anthony Goodman, aged 67, of Charlemont Terrace, Wellington Road, Cork City pleaded guilty, at Limerick District Court, to producing the weapon during an incident on June 23, last.

Insp Seamus Ruane said gardai were alerted to a disturbance at Colbert Station at around 3.20pm and that the defendant was apprehended in the Wickham Street a short time later.

He told the court that Goodman, who was known to the security staff, was later identified on CCTV.

The court heard the defendant had aggressively wielded the knife at the two men when they stopped him from getting onto a bus.

He also refused to drop the weapon, which had a four-inch blade, before running away.

When a photograph of the knife was produced in court, Judge Eugene O’Kelly described it as “an ugly looking dangerous weapon.”

Solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client was an old-aged pensioner who has a free travel-pass.

She said he had travelled to Limerick to visit a friend on the day and that he was waiting to get a bus back to Cork when the incident happened.

She said her client had been approached by the security staff as he was waiting for the bus in the main terminal building at Colbert Station.

Ms Ryan added that Goodman and the security staff were “like red rags to a bull” to each other.

She said her client did not intend using the knife to the harm either of the men when they approached him on the day.

“The knife was in his jacket pocket, he should have left it at home,” she told the court.

Imposing sentencing Judge O’Kelly said he would have had “considerable sympathy,” for the defendant had he not produced the knife in a threatening manner when he didn’t get his own way.

“There are other ways to resolve your difficulties without producing a knife,” he said.

The judge imposed a four month prison sentence which he suspended for two years on condition Goodman keeps the peace during that time.

The pensioner was also ordered to stay out of Limerick and not to carry a knife in public at any time during the same period.