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Wednesday 22 October 2014

Man threatened to shoot all in the pub

WENT DRINKING WHILE MEDICATED

Published 26/12/2012 | 16:35

AN ARKLOW man who threatened to burn down the local Garda Station and to use a machine gun to shoot everyone in a pub has apologised for his actions.

Jonathan Martin of 115 Churchview was charged with threatening to damage property on November 20, 2011 after he was brought to Arklow Garda Station after he was involved in a row in Christy's pub.

The court heard that he told Gardaí it 'would be a shame if the station burned down' and that he would ' blow the guards head off '.

He also made threats to the doctor on call at the station and said he would 'get a machine gun and go back to Christy's and shoot everyone' as well as that he would 'commit five murders' in the coming days.

The court was told that Martin had undergone eye surgery earlier that day and had been under general anaesthetic and was heavily medicated.

He went drinking and became involved in row which he claimed was started by another party.

Solicitor Pauric Hyland said that his client was aware of the seriousness of his threats but never intended to carry them out.

Mr. Hyland said Martin has not got his life back in order and is sorry for his actions and that his family are supporting him.

Judge Kennedy made it clear that if Martin had any previous convictions apart from road traffic he would have received a custodial sentence.

The matter was adjourned to March 20 for the production of a Probation Report.

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