A Croghan man who was found to be in possession of a scissors and screwdriver while highly intoxicated said he had them ‘to settle old scores round the town.’
Appearing before Carrick-on-Shannon District Court was Joe Linnane, Enagh, Croghan, Boyle, Co Roscommon on a plea of guilty to possession of a scissors contrary to the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act on February 20 last at Bridge Street, Carrick-on-Shannon.
Mr Linnane was also found to be in possession of a screwdriver at Carrick-on-Shannon garda station on the same date.
He also pleaded guilty to being intoxicated in public and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour on the same date.
Outlining the facts to Judge Kevin Kilrane, Sgt Michael Gallagher said that at 8.10pm on the date in question Joe Linnane was walking into and pushing members of the public at Bridge Street.
He was abusive towards the gardai and had a scissors in his hand.
Garda McDonnell asked him to drop the scissors on two or three occasions but Mr Linnane “continued to be somewhat menacing with the scissors,” according to the sergeant.
Garda McDonnell produced his baton to make Mr Linnane comply but did not have to use it.
“He was highly intoxicated and was shouting obscenities at the sky,” Sgt Gallagher said.
“He was angry with God,” the judge commented.
Garda McDonnell and Garda McGowan, described as “two strong men,” had to remove him to the garda station where a search was carried out and the screw- driver was also found.
Mr Linnane said the purpose was “to settle old scores round the town.”
Defence solicitor, Peter Collins, said that earlier that day Mr Linnane got some cans and drank all of them. “He was heavily intoxicated,” he said.
Before taking the oath to give evidence, Mr Linnane asked if the bible he was handed was a Protestant one.
Judge Kilrane told him it was the King James version.
In his defence Mr Linnane said he was sorry but he is being “stopped by a car that is swerving at me. I can't go out the Croghan road, it's a serious matter.”
He said he was “beyond breaking point.”
He said he has quit drinking again and will not go back on it and will continue on the same plan of the last 18 months where he will go into town in the early morning for his shopping and will not return.
“It will not happen again,” he said.
In reply to the judge, Mr Linnane said the person has been following him for the last four months.
“He's playing very innocently,” Mr Linnane said, and added that he has reported it to the guards.
Judge Kilrane put it to him that two years ago he had been carrying a nailbar around the town.
“Me and another man were threatening each other at the time. There's no animosity now, we shook hands,” he replied.
Mr Collins said Mr Linnane has “a very unfortunate background but there is no excuse for his behaviour.”
Judge Kilrane convicted and fined him €100 for possession of the scissors and €100 for the public order offence. He was convicted in relation to the possession of the screwdriver and for being intoxicated in public and both were taken into consideration.
Sgt Gallagher made an application that the weapons be forfeited to the state for disposal.
Mr Linnane replied: “I don't want them back. I think they were getting the Shannon anyway.”
Subscribe or register today to discover more from DonegalLive.ie
Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.