Tuesday 28 March 2017

Man pointed crossbow at chip shop owner over smell row

Declan Brennan

A man who was annoyed about the smell in a chip shop returned later armed with a crossbow to scare the owner, a court has heard.

Gerard Moore (33), of Halston Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of firearms on Capel Street on April 1, 2009.

Garda Fionnula Maloney told the prosecution that Mr Moore had come into John's Takeaway on Capel Street at around 11.30pm as staff were closing up and he began giving out about the smell of disinfectant being used to clean up the shop.

Mr Moore began shouting and verbally abused owner John O'Brien. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that he left around midnight and walked to a friend's flat nearby and collected a crossbow.

When Mr O'Brien went to pull the shutters down on the shop he noticed Mr Moore standing near the shop and pointing a crossbow at him.

He said he was terrified as he saw Mr Moore fixing the bow as if he was loading it. The owner's wife shouted at him to take cover. They both believed Mr Moore was going to shoot the bow and stayed inside the shop and telephoned gardai.

When gardai caught and searched Mr Moore they found the crossbow wasn't loaded.

He admitted that it was his but said he wasn't aware that he had to have a certificate under the firearms act. Mr Moore said he had gone back to the shop to frighten Mr O'Brien but he denied making any threats.

Gda Maloney said Mr Moore has 18 previous convictions and at the time of this offence he was on bail for one charge of theft and three for possession of drugs for sale or supply on May 20, 2007.

Mr Moore was convicted of those charges in February 2, 2010, and sentenced to seven years with two suspended.

Defence barrister Marc Thompson said the incident was a "minor spat that snowballed out of control" and said his client was "highly intoxicated" on the night.

Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned sentencing until February.

Irish Independent

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