Man used dirty syringe to threaten girlfriend

Man used dirty syringe to threaten girlfriend
Court room in Anglesea Street courthouse

A DIRTY syringe was used to threaten a young woman in Cork city, and today the accused was jailed for 22 months for carrying the syringe, having a Stanley knife and blades, and being in possession of a Tomahawk metal axe.

Anthony Relihan, aged 26, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to the multiple charges related to carrying weapons. Inspector Ronan Kennelly said Relihan has several previous convictions for similar offences in the past.

Insp Kennelly described the most serious incident which happened last November.

“Garda Jan Haandrikman responded to a call at 8pm on November 9, 2018, that Relihan was threatening his girlfriend by the Simon community on Anderson’s Quay with a dirty syringe.

“Members of staff at Simon said that they observed Relihan following his girlfriend into the side entrance of the premises. He took an uncapped syringe out of his pocket and started to threaten her with it. This went on for several minutes.

“Anthony Relihan pointed his syringe a number of times towards his own neck. He was shouting abuse at his girlfriend. She declined to make a statement in relation to the incident.”

Earlier that same day, Relihan came to the attention of gardaí at Cork’s main bus station at Parnell Place. When Garda Aidan O’Sullivan approached him the defendant dropped a knife to the ground.

In another incident on November 13, 2017, at 9.20pm, he had a tomahawk metal axe which he left down at the off-licence in Centra at Shandon Street.

Relihan pleaded guilty to all counts related to carrying weapons, and he also pleaded guilty to having a syringe to threaten to cause injury to or intimidate another person.

In another incident, Garda Michael Walsh stopped him at Patrick’s Street, Cork, shortly before lunchtime on October 20 last, and found that he was carrying a Stanley knife.

He admitted to carrying the weapon, and said it was, “for my own protection around the city. I am feuding with people.”

Insp Kennelly said that as well as the previous convictions for holding knives and other weapons the accused had what was described as a litany of other convictions including nine for engaging in threatening behaviour.

Eddie Burke, defence solicitor, said the accused was working at getting fully clear of a heroin problem, and was doing very well in that regard.

Judge Kelleher said that the incident where he threatened the young woman with a dirty syringe was a particularly serious matter.

The judge imposed multiple prison sentences including two consecutive 11-month terms.

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