Sergeant Ann Marie Twomey said yesterday at Cork District Court that the caller said: “This is not an idle threat. It will happen.”
The caller was told that the 999 phone line was for reporting emergency calls only but he kept ringing back.
The caller was identified as 44-year-old James O’Sullivan of 11 Dunmore Gardens, Knocknaheeny, Cork.
Gardaí from Gurranabraher Garda Station were alerted and officers went to O’Sullivan’s home after midnight on the night of the calls on May 17, 2018.
They called at the house and O’Sullivan refused to answer the door but it was obvious to gardaí that he was present at the time.
He responded to them by shouting from the locked house, “Where’s your warrant?”
Sgt Twomey said gardaí spoke to him through the window of the house and at one stage they heard the defendant saying to another person in the house: “Get my hammer.”
Gardaí managed to arrest O’Sullivan through the window of his home that night. Sgt Twomey said O’Sullivan had 43 previous convictions. Eight of these were for being drunk and a danger, three for threatening behaviour, seven for criminal damage and one for assault.