Tuesday 15 October 2019

Father-of-two brandished knife at gardai and pulled chisel from his sock during arrest, court hears

Martin Collins received a suspended sentence
Martin Collins received a suspended sentence
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A FATHER-OF-TWO who brandished a kitchen knife when gardai attended an incident at his home, and then pulled a chisel from his sock as they arrested him, had taken a cocktail of vodka and Xanax.

Martin Collins (40) began “acting out” in reaction to the combination of alcohol and anti-anxiety medication.

Collins pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to producing a knife and a chisel in the course of a dispute, garda obstruction and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

He was given a four-month suspended sentence.

The court heard that gardai were called to the accused’s home in Avila Park, Finglas, last December 13 and he came to the door with a scarf around his face and a large kitchen knife in his hand, which he produced in a threatening manner to gardai.

He refused to co-operate with them and had to be pepper-sprayed.

As the officers tried to put handcuffs on Collins, he then produced a chisel from his sock in a threatening manner.

A struggle ensued, the accused was extremely aggressive and abusive and was arrested.

He had 14 previous convictions.

Collins was living with his mother and she seemed to be the one who had called gardai, said defence solicitor Simon Fleming.

He was a “somewhat vulnerable individual” owing to his alcoholism, Mr Fleming said.

Collins has had difficulties with alcohol since the age of 15.

He had drunk a large amount of vodka and also taken Xanax “sticks”, an anti-anxiety medication which when taken with alcohol could lead to very aggressive behaviour and people “acting out”, Mr Fleming said.

Collins was grateful that no injury was caused to anyone due to his conduct during the incident, he added.

Mr Fleming said the accused had only ever been sober when he met him and it was hard to reconcile this with the offences before the court.

He said Collins was prepared for community service and asked the judge not to send him to prison.

Judge Paula Murphy said it was a very serious incident but suspended the sentence.


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