Limerick man who threatened neighbours bound to peace

David Hurley


David Hurley

Solicitor Brendan Gill said his client's actions arose from a 'family dispute'

A KILFINANE man who told gardai to put his neighbours “under 24 hour protection” before threatening to sort them out was bound to the peace for twelve months.

Peter Wilton, aged 43, of Treada Na Rí, Kilfinane pleaded guilty, at Kilmallock Court, to engaging in disorderly conduct and to using threatening and abusive language during an incident near his home on September 6, 2013.

Garda Niall McInerney said he called to Mr Wilton’s home at around 9.30pm to take a statement from a young person in relation to an alleged assault.

He said while taking the statement, the defendant became aggressive and started making threats in relation to a neighbouring family.

“He said ‘you better put that family under 24 hour protection or get them out of Kilfinane, I’m warning you,” Garda McInerney told the court, adding that Mr Wilton then threatened to “sort the problem out once and for all”.

Solicitor Brendan Gill said his client - a father of three - wished to apologise for his actions on the night which, he said, related to an “ongoing family dispute”.

He added that his client’s frustrations were with the neighbouring family rather than with the gardai.

Separately, Mr Wilton was fined €300 and disqualified from driving for two years after he pleaded guilty to driving without insurance on January 1, 2013.

He was fined€60 for driving without Motor-Tax on the same date while other road traffic offences were taken into consideration.

Noting that the defendant has a number of previous convictions for driving without insurance, Judge Larkin warned him he faces a prison sentence if he is caught driving without insurance again.