Threat to kill Cork garda during drunken city disturbance

Threat to kill Cork garda during drunken city disturbance

A member of An Garda Síochána was threatened that he would be killed by a drunken man at the height of a disturbance in Cork city.

A MEMBER of An Garda Síochána was threatened that he would be killed by a drunken man at the height of a disturbance in Cork city.

Jamal Khan, aged 36, with an address at Cork Simon Community pleaded guilty to engaging in this threatening behaviour and was sentenced to three months in prison yesterday for that and other offences.

Sergeant John Kelleher said the incident occurred on January 2 at Marlboro Street, Cork.

Garda Kevin O’Neill encountered Khan in a drunken condition and drinking from a can of beer. 

He told the 36-year-old to dispose of the drink.

Khan reacted by getting abusive and aggressive with the garda officer.

“Mr Khan told him to, ‘Go f*** yourself or I will f***ing kill you, you f***er’,” Sgt. Kelleher said yesterday at Cork District Court.

Khan pleaded guilty to being drunk and threatening arising out of that incident but also admitted other offences.

On January 14, at Winthrop Street, he was intoxicated again and had to be arrested for his own safety by Garda Liam Marshall.

Khan admitted stealing eight cans of Druid’s cider January 3 at Centra, Grand Parade, Cork. 

A member of staff recovered the stolen property from him outside the shop and Garda Darren Twomey later charged him with theft.

In an earlier incident last year on December 12 at Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork, Garda Peter O’Riordan found Khan drunk and a danger to himself or others.

Sgt Kelleher said the accused man had 55 previous convictions, including 19 for being drunk and a danger, seven for threatening behaviour, seven for theft and two for burglary.

Joseph Cuddigan, solicitor, said that Khan had been given an opportunity earlier this year to attend at Tabor Lodge but unfortunately came to further adverse attention in the intervening period and ended up in custody.

Mr Cuddigan said the accused had been attending the addiction counsellor in prison and was trying to address his chronic problems.

“He is anxious to call a halt to it,” Mr Cuddigan said.

Judge Kelleher imposed a sentence of three months in respect of the theft and a two-month concurrent sentence for the threatening behaviour and five days concurrent in respect of the drunkenness counts in default of payment of fines.

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