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Man threatened to slice sandwich bar boss over debt

Andrew Phelan

Published 14/12/2015 | 11:22

Andre Walsh
Andre Walsh

A DUBLIN man texted threats to harm a frightened sandwich bar manager and called to his workplace to put pressure on him over a €2,000 debt.

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Andre Walsh (40) admitted demanding the money with menaces from the victim over an eight-month period.

The sandwich bar manager told Dublin District Court he had been in fear and that Walsh had kept putting interest on the loan after it was paid, the demands escalating around Christmas.

The court previously heard the debt was for cocaine and, in one text, the accused threatened to "slice him up with a machete".

Judge John Cheatle adjourned the case for finalisation on a later date.

Walsh, of Connaught Street, Phibsboro, made the demands between May 1 last year and January 9 this year.

A garda said the victim came to Kevin Street station on December 15 last year and said he owed money to Walsh, who had been threatening him.

He did not make an official complaint then, but later made a statement after the accused came to his workplace in the south of the city and he was afraid.

Walsh was seen talking to the victim in an aggressive manner.

His phone contained a large number of threats from Walsh.

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Gardai searched the accused's home and found the phone that had been used.

"He said he was never going to harm him, the pressure was only threats to get his money," the garda said.

It was a "matter that got out of hand", defence barrister Simon Donagh said. "He never intended in any way to carry out these threats," he added.

"I didn't know when I was getting the texts what way I was to take it," the victim said. "Obviously I was in fear."

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