Made knife threats to father in Portarlington

Made knife threats to father in Portarlington

A 26-year-old man who threatened his own father while armed with a knife has been given two six-month suspended sentences.

Colin Burke (26), residing at The Weirs, Leighlin Road, Graiguecullen, Co. Carlow, was charged with production of an article during a dispute, and assault.

Inspector Ollie Baker gave evidence that on November 21, 2017, at 1.45pm at Hillview, Portarlington, the injured party, the accused’s father, told gardaí that his son had come into the house without permission, wielding a knife and threatening to wreck the house.

Insp Baker gave evidence that the accused also pushed his father’s partner into a wall during the incident.

The accused had three previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Gerry Meagher said the accused’s mother passed away in 2014 and then his sister passed away in 2015. The family home was repossessed and the accused was rendered homeless for a period of time and was living rough. His father began a new relationship and the accused was not permitted to stay in their house, said defence.

Mr Meagher said that the accused is now making efforts to put some stability into his life and would like to apologise for his behaviour, which was totally unacceptable.

Judge Flann Brennan imposed a six-month sentence, suspended for six months, on the charge of production of an article during a dispute, and a six-month sentence, suspended for six months, for the assault.