Court - Man promised gardaí he would get revenge

Threat to garda

Jail term for man who assaulted wife with steak knife increased on appeal

A man told gardai “I f**king promise I will get the both of you” when they stopped him while driving after he failed to indicate at a roundabout.

Charlie McDonagh (48), 4 Highfield Meadows, Portlaoise was charged with threatening/abusive/insulting words or behaviour when stopped by gardai at Borris Road, Portlaoise on December 7 last.

Inspector Eamonn Curley said the defendant was abusive to gardai and made threats to them.

The court heard the defendant had previous convictions for public order and road traffic offences. The father-of-four was pleading guilty and had shown remorse, his solicitor Aonghus McCarthy said.

“He lost his temper at being stopped when all his documents were in order,” Mr McCarthy said. His last conviction was five years ago.

“This is a very serious matter. Gardai carry out their road traffic duties and don’t deserve to be abused like this, with this threatening language.” said Judg Staines.

A jail sentence was imposed with recognisance fixed in the event of appeal.