Saturday 20 January 2018

Ex-court clerk fined over threat to kill in 'affair' rage

Stephen Maguire

A FORMER court clerk threatened to kill a man whom he thought was having an affair with his wife.

Ciaran Waldron found his now ex-wife sitting in a car park in Buncrana, Co Donegal, with another man, on August 7, 2006.

Waldron, of 5 Riverview, Buncrana, approached the man and his wife, Christine O'Kane, as they sat in his car by the seaside in Buncrana.

He approached the man, Anthony McColgan, of Burnfoot, Co Donegal, and threatened him that he would have him shot if he did not stay away from his children.

Father-of-four Waldron (53) was later arrested but denied making any threats to Mr McColgan.

At Letterkenny Circuit Court barrister Peter Nolan said that his client had been a respected district court clerk who had studied law for four years in the hope of becoming a solicitor.

He said the threat to Mr McColgan would never have been carried out.

"There was some argument -- there was a threat to kill and he intended him to believe that but he did not plan to carry it out," Mr Nolan said.

He added that Waldron, who was charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Mr McColgan, was angry and that "these are the things that people say".

Letterkenny Circuit Court heard there has been nothing between the two men since.

Judge John O'Hagan fined Waldron €1,000, saying he looked upon the incident as something that happened in an instant when Waldron had been "in a rage and temper".

Irish Independent

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