Hospital lab technician in drunken threat to shoot garda
Published 30/04/2014 | 07:11
A HOSPITAL lab technician who threatened to shoot a garda “within six months” during a public order disturbance has been told he will avoid conviction if he does not offend again.
Brian Reynolds (32) made the threat to kill the garda in a moment of “drunken bravado”, Dublin District Court heard.
He also damaged a car by writing on it with a permanent marker outside a nightclub.
Judge Ann Watkin adjourned the case for six months and said she would dismiss all charges under the Probation Act if he did not come to the attention of gardai in that time.
Reynolds, with an address at the time in North Circular Road, Dublin, admitted public intoxication and causing a breach of the peace at Beresford Place, Dublin, on January 6, 2013.
Judge Watkin said the accused, who suffered from mental health problems, would also have to take all medication prescribed for him and co-operate with the probation service as a condition of bail.
Previously, Gda Karl Carroll told the court that Reynolds was “very intoxicated”.
The garda put his hand on the accused's shoulder, but Reynolds pushed it back, shouting “f*** off” and making threats against him.
“He said he would kill me within six months and shoot me with a .22,” Gda Carroll said.
Questioned by Judge Watkin, the Garda confirmed that he had not taken the threat seriously and Reynolds was “not connected with anyone” who could have carried it out.
The officer said that in the other incident, Reynolds had been refused entrance to a club on Wellington Quay when he went to a car outside and wrote on it with a marker.
On arrest, he was verbally abusive and the three-inch long scissors were found in his bag wzhen it was searched.
Judge Watkin said it was a “dangerous enough thing” and Reynolds, because of his problem, should be “terrified” to carry anything like it.
She noted however, that the scissors were at least not on his person.
The accused had no previous convictions of any kind.
Defence Solicitor Peter Connolly said the defendant was highly qualified and in a good job. He had since taken a “better attitude to taking his medication”.
Mr Connolly asked the judge to consider leaving his client without a criminal record. The judge said she would apply the Probation Act if the accused complied with the bail conditions set out.