A Hungarian national who was found asleep with a number of empty beers cans around him and a large hunting knife attached to his belt appeared at Carrick-on-Shannon District Court on Friday, April 22.
Endre Borsos, 16 Park Lane, Carrick-on-Shannon, pleaded guilty to possession of a knife, being intoxicated in public, and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour on September 10, 2021, at Keonbrook, Kilclare, Co Leitrim.
Garda Mark Butler said at 2.50pm on that date the Gardai received a call from a member of the public that a man was lying by the side of the road at Kilclare.
They went to the scene and found the defendant asleep. He was highly intoxicated with a number of beer cans around him on the ground. He had a large knife attached to his belt.
When he was woken he said to the garda 'what the f*** are your going to do about it, I'll kill you.'
Garda Butler said the man told him he could kill him with one finger and made a gesture to him. He continued to abuse both him and his colleague.
Garda Butler said the knife was 24cm long with a 12cm blade. The man was arrested and taken to Carrick- on-Shannon Garda Station.
Mr Borsos has one previous conviction for cruelty to children from Carrick-on- Shannon Circuit Court in May 2019 where he was given an eight month suspended sentence.
Solicitor Niamh McGovern said that when Mr Borsos woke up he was naturally confused and agitated. Garda Butler accepted he had since made efforts to speak to him to try and apologise.
Endre Borsos told the court he had some personal problems at the time and couldn't get medical help for anxiety and stress and was under mental pressure.
He said he made the decision to “get out” and spend one day alone and had intended to go to Sheemore. He had a few drinks and sat down and started to sleep.
He said he woke up and got frightened and confused and admitted he was a little aggressive but said he didn't resist arrest.
The defendant said he is now taking anti depressant tablets and is feeling a lot better. He sincerely apologised and said he is working full time and sleeping normally. He is working in a restaurant in Carrick-on- Shannon and was previously a professional trumpet player.
Judge Sandra Murphy said the defendant gave no explanation why he was carrying a very dangerous weapon in public.
Mr Borsos said the knife was a present to him from a friend in the Hungarian special forces. He said it was only for camping and used for cutting wood for a fire and opening cans, and it was not used to harm anybody.
Judge Murphy said it was a very serious threat to kill. She said he was not charged with that offence but it was part of the evidence given and it was a very worrying factor for her.
In reply to a suggestion that the area he was found in was near the foot of Sheemore and was very remote, Sgt Gerry Curley, prosecuting, disagreed and said it is an area that has a lot of houses in it.
Judge Murphy said she was very concerned about the set of circumstances outlined and very concerned that an unarmed member had to go out and deal with it.
“He did threaten to kill Garda Butler, that's not something this court takes lightly at all,” she said.
Judge Murphy ordered a probation report and adjourned the case until July 19 next for finalisation.
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