Pickaxe through window

A MOUNTRATH man threw a pickaxe through his own front window during an argument with his wife, last week's sitting of Portlaoise District Court heard.

Warren McDonagh, of 19 An Garran, Kiln Lane, Mountrath, stood before the court on charges of intoxication, using threatening or abusive behaviour in public, and obstructing a police officer, all relating to November 30 of last year.

Responding to a phone-call from a distressed woman, Garda Olivia Fenlon arrived at the defendant’s residence at around 8.30pm and found that McDonagh had put a pickaxe through the front window of the house. Giving evidence, Garda Fenlon told the court that Hanlon “got into my face and said, ‘Are you afraid of me? I could eat you up.’”

Garda Fenlon tried to handcuff McDonagh and get him into the patrol car but he wouldn’t let her as he “kept struggling”. She eventually got him into the patrol car but McDonagh was able to get out again, and at this point he began shouting at one of his neighbours, who Garda Fenlon believed was also drunk. Garda Fenlon then got into a “scuffle” with McDonagh, before finally cuffing his hands and getting him into the garda vehicle.

Defending, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that McDonagh was particularly intoxicated on the night and that his behaviour was “out of character”, adding that McDonagh’s wife was in court and that she would describe “his behaviour as 100 percent perfect since then”.

Judge Gerard Haughton sentenced McDonagh to three months, suspended, and fined him n500.


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