A 35-year-old Cork man who refused to accept a jury’s guilty verdict against him, for threatening to kill a social worker outside a courtroom, shouted at the judge during the sentencing hearing.
Graham Hornibrook called Judge Brian O’Callaghan names and asked, “How would you f***ing know?” when the judge was talking about the accused man.
Hornibrook had to be escorted from the courtroom, so that sentencing could continue in his absence.
The judge told defence barrister, Ray Boland, that he would not view the outburst as an aggravating factor.
Hornibrook was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment, with the last 18 months suspended.
Garda Brigette O’Connor charged Graham Hornibrook with making the threat to kill the social worker.
Garda O’Connor said the injured party told her that he came out of a courtroom and was approached by Hornibrook, whom he knew.
The accused man said, “You f***ing c***, I am going to kill you. I will see you around. I am going to kill you.”
During his outburst at the sentencing hearing, Hornibrook claimed that the complainant gave four different versions of what happened, while he (Hornibrook) gave only one account, which he said was the truth.
Garda O’Connor said that when Hornibrook was questioned, he admitted that there had been a history between the parties and some ‘hostility’, but he denied making a threat.
When first charged and the accusation was put to him, his reply, after caution, was, “What threats?”
A jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court found him guilty of making the death threat.
Mr Hornibrook, aged 35, formerly from Churchfield and later of no fixed address, was convicted that, on October 27, 2017, at Cork District courthouse, on Washington Street, he made a threat to a social worker to kill or cause him serious harm.
The victim said, in an impact statement, that when the threat was made to him, he took it extremely seriously and became cautious about which way he would walk home after work.
Judge O’Callaghan said, “This was a horrendous event for the complainant. This was an intentional threat to kill. It was not something said recklessly; it was clearly intentional.”