Bus driver used running chainsaw to scare youths
A BUS driver was sentenced to community service for trying to scare off neighbourhood youths with a chainsaw.
Patrick Mulligan (50), a bus driver for children with special needs, was still holding the running chainsaw in his driveway when gardai arrived on the scene.
He also waved it in the direction of Garda Colin Noonan and two of his colleagues.
Gda Noonan said that it took a short time to convince Mulligan to put the tool down. And while they were trying to do so, Mulligan's wife was standing in their doorway in a distressed state.
Gda Noonan said it was clear that the accused had been drinking. Mulligan told gardai that he had a number of problems with some of the people in his neighbourhood and was concerned for his property and the bus he drove for work.
Mulligan, of Whitechurch Avenue, Ballyboden, Dublin, admitted at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the chainsaw under the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act at his home on October 4 2008. He had no previous convictions.
He told gardai that his wife could not walk down their street without "being hassled".
He said some youths had gathered outside his house that night and were interfering with his bus and he had brought out the chainsaw as tactic to scare them off.
He said he was shocked when gardai arrived and that was why it took him some time to put the tool down.
Mulligan had €500 in court to offer the gardai as a token of his remorse, which Gda Noonan said he would pass onto the Garda Benevolent Fund.
Mulligan was ordered to carry out 100 hours community service in lieu of a two year sentence. "Gda Noonan has underplayed what must have been a very terrifying experience for both him and his colleagues," the judge said.