Thursday 14 December 2017

Firefighter accused of making death threat in row over radio

Declan Brennan

A firefighter allegedly threatened to shoot a colleague in the head in a row over what radio station to put on, a court has heard.

Karl Finlay (36), of Old Bawn Way, Tallaght, has pleaded not guilty to threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Derek Dowling at Donnybrook Fire Station, Dublin, on April 5, 2011.

Mr Dowling told prosecuting counsel Shane Costelloe that he and Mr Finlay were on kitchen duties together and that Mr Finlay became "irate" when Mr Dowling changed the station on the kitchen radio.

He said the accused "squared up" to him and put his head down on his forehead.

The alleged victim told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the two men were then separated by another fire fighter.

He claimed that later Mr Finlay put his hand in the shape of a gun and said he would put a bullet in his head and he would shoot the rest of his family.

Mr Dowling said Mr Finlay then left the station house and that he was concerned that he was going to get a gun.

The court heard the accused had often talked about owning handguns and had once brought a handgun into the station.

Mr Dowling said he was scared by the alleged threats. He denied that at one stage he put his hands on Mr Finlay's throat.

Under cross examination, he denied putting his hands on Mr Finlay's throat during the row. He also denied that he waited 10 days before making a complaint to gardai because he didn't take the threats seriously.

He said he moved his fiancee out of their home for a week because of his fears.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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