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Wheelchair-bound man threatened garda with meat cleaver

Published 12/12/2012|11:33

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A WHEELCHAIR-bound man pleaded guilty at Drogheda District Court to threatening two gardai with a meat cleaver, which he just used to hit his girlfriend.

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56-year-old Richard Donnelly admitted to the offences, which took place in his home in Lia Breaga on November 26 last year.

Inspector Brendan Cadden gave details of how gardai received a report from ambulance crew at 12.45am about a female who was hit with a meat cleaver, and was being treated for a wound to her neck. When gardai arrived, the defendant, who is in a wheelchair, had a cleaver in his hand, and was very aggressive.

'He was waving the weapon, and behaving aggressively towards gardai, and when he was told to drop it, lunged from the chair at the two gardai,' said Insp Cadden.

' They were not seriously injured and the defendant was arrested, while the woman was taken to hospital.' Solicitor of the defendant Dermot Monaghan admitted it was a serious incident, ' but could have been worse'.

'My client has been cursed with alcohol addiction all his life, and it has taken its toll both mentally and physically,' he told the court.

'He lost his leg with a clot in 2010, his wife to cancer and his son to suicide, and he is now living with this woman, with whom he has three children.'

The court was told Donnelly was on strong medication for ' phantom pains' on the night in question, and had slipped off the wagon to take them with alcohol.

His partner had made no complaint following her assault.

Judge Flann Brennan said he wanted to hear a Probation Report on the defendant and adjorned the case until June 7 2013.

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