Sunday 25 February 2018

Alcoholic who made hoax bomb threat call is given chance by judge

Nicola Donnelly

A CHRONIC alcoholic who called in hoax bomb threats has been given a chance to prove he can stay out of trouble, before he is sentenced at the end of July.

Sean Fahy (43) was described by a judge as a “menace to society” after he made a false report to the Garda Control Centre at Harcourt Square that there was a domestic dispute happening at house where his former girlfriend lived. He also rang Dublin Fire Brigade to report a bomb outside the same house.

Fahy of Drumcondra Road Lower pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to making a false report to gardai and Dublin Fire Brigade on June 27, 2010.

Garda Damien O’Reilly told prosecuting counsel Garret Baker BL that Fahy made the hoax calls within hours of each other while he was drunk.

Gardai arrived at the address Fahy gave them and the house owner knew nothing about the alleged domestic dispute or the bomb.

While gardai were speaking to the house owner, Fahy rang the woman asking her had she any visitors. Fahy then made two further phone calls to Dublin Fire Brigade stating a bomb was outside the same address he had given to gardai initially.

“He attempted to give the operator a different phone number but his mobile number was identified through caller ID,” explained Gda O’Reilly.

“Listening to the calls, he appeared to be getting drunker and drunker,” he said.

Fahy told gardai he “couldn’t remember” making the calls and could not explain the motivation behind it.

Defence counsel Anita Kilgallon BL, said Fahy, who has 62 previous convictions since 2007, had lived in America for a time and worked as a carpenter.

“All of his convictions relate to his chronic alcoholism,” said Ms Kilgallon.

Judge Martin Nolan deferred sentencing to see whether Fahy can stay out of trouble.

“If he was a quiet alcoholic and drank himself into oblivion that would be fine, but he is a menace. It’s not alcohol that brings him here, it’s his criminal behaviour,” said Judge Nolan.

“If he commits another offence in the meantime, he will go to prison,” he added.

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