Carrick-on-Shannon District Court

Man threatened to burn down Mohill Garda Station

Adjourned to monitor his behaviour

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District Court Judge Kevin Kilrane has recommended a young Mohill man start an educational course in an effort to keep him out of trouble.

Bernard McDonagh, 33 Hyde Tce, Mohill was brought before Carrick-on-Shannon District Court last week on a bench warrant after he failed to appear at a previous court sitting.

He is charged with threatening behaviour in Mohill on April 19, 2017 and disorderly conduct at Main St, Carrick-on-Shannon on July 9, 2017.

The court heard that on April 19, 2017 gardai found the defendant having an altercation with another male while drinking out of an opened bottle.

Mr McDonagh refused to hand over his bottle to gardai and threatened to burn down Mohill Garda Station and made threats and verbally abused the gardai.

He was warned to desist but refused to listen and pepper spray was deployed and he was arrested.

On July 9, 2017 Gardai on foot patrol in Carrick-on-Shannon found the defendant shouting and roaring abuse at security staff outside Dunne's Bar, Main Street.

Judge Kilrane initially said, “imprisonment will be considered” but after reading the Probation Report changed his mind.

Solicitor Niamh McGovern said her 21-year-old client was sorry.

Judge Kilrane said he had sympathy for people placed in care and who lose all support at age 21, however he noted it cannot be used as a “pass.”

He added “if it happens again you will be in the care of Castlerea Prison.”

He recommended a course be found for the defendant to partake in as “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”

The case was adjourned to October 16, 2018 to monitor his behaviour.