Saturday 25 October 2014

Cyclist threatens to stab shop worker over flat tyre price, court heard

BY ANDREW PHELAN

Published 03/04/2014 | 07:30

A cyclist threatened to stab a bike shop worker when he got into a "consumer dispute" about the cost of fixing a flat tyre, a court heard.

Laurence Maguire (62) "lost it" after he went to the shop looking for a replacement tube from the store after a puncture.

He was arrested for public order offences when he shouted profanities outside in front of other customers after gardai arrived.

Judge Cormac Dunne fined him €400 at Dublin District Court, remarking that Maguire had subjected staff to "gratuitous and unjustified abuse" and must have "some anger management problem".

Maguire, of Buttercup Park, Darndale, pleaded not guilty to causing a breach of the peace at the Halford's, Malahide Road Business Park. Coolock last February 26.

The shop assistant told the court he was at work when the defendant came in and said he had a puncture in his back wheel. He told him he would replace the tube but there was a dispute over the charge, which was ¿9.99.

"He started shouting at me that he was going to stab me and bring his friends to the store," the man said. "We couldn't calm him down. He became louder and more violent."

The staff decided they could not handle the situation and called the gardai.

Gardai told the court that the defendant continued to be irate outside the shop and a passer-by who was at the store with his wife and child was present when the accused cursed at the officers and shop employees.

Defence solicitor Matthew Kenny said the defendant apologised for the way he spoke to the staff member, saying he had felt like his consumer rights were not being properly complied with.

Maguire admitted using "certain words" that he regretted.

The judge said Maguire had "lost it" and subjected the staff to "gratuitous and unjustified abuse". He imposed the fine on the charge of failing to obey directions and took the other into consideration.

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