Accused threatened to shoot and slit throats of gardaí

Accused threatened to shoot and slit throats of gardaí

GARDAÍ were threatened that they would be shot and have their throats slit by a man who claimed he was in the IRA.

Keith McCarthy, of 19 Eden Court, Mahon, appeared at Cork District Court on a public order charge arising out of the issuing of this threat.

Sergeant Ann Marie Twomey said gardaí on mobile patrol in Cork city were called to an incident at Paul Street at 11.30pm on February 8. They found Keith McCarthy roaring and shouting.

Sgt Twomey said the accused was very abusive to gardaí.

The 19-year-old shouted: “F*** ye, ye c***s. I’ll kill ye all. Ye know who I am. I’m a McCarthy. I’ll kill ye. I’ll shoot ye and slit your throats. I’m in the IRA. I’ll shoot ye all.”

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said McCarthy was mortified and horrified to be told what he had said on the night.

“I truly don’t know what he was on about because he doesn’t know either. I gave him the prosecution statements that were supplied to the defence. He doesn’t know what he was on about.

“He is mortified at the way he spoke. He had too much to drink. He is deeply apologetic.

“He comes across as a decent fellow. He asks me to apologise. He is horrified at what he said. He asks you to accept that it was out of character,” Mr Buttimer said to Judge Olann Kelleher.

Judge Kelleher said: “I want to get a probation report on him before sentencing.”

Sentencing was adjourned until May 8 to allow time for the preparation of a probation report.

Addressing the defendant directly in court, Judge Kelleher said: “Take your hands out of your pockets. You are at risk of prison. Between now and May 8 you have to write a letter of apology to the guards, apologising in detail for what you have done.”

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