Saturday 24 February 2018

Gym instructor told barman he'd 'blow his head off' while holding imitation handgun

Andrew Khumalo
Andrew Khumalo

Eimear Cotter

A TRAINEE gym instructor told a barman he would blow his head off while holding a realistic looking imitation handgun, a court heard.

Andrew Khumalo (19) had a pellet gun, but the barman thought the "black handgun- style weapon" was real.

Khumalo made the threat after the barman told him and his friends to leave a smoking area.

At no stage did Khumalo point the pellet gun at the barman, his lawyer said.

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing on the charge of possession of a pellet handgun.

The incident took place at The Orchard Bar, Applewood Village, Swords, shortly after 5pm on February 8, 2015.

Gda Paul Egan said the injured party came out to the smoking section where he encountered a group of youths.

The officer said the barman asked the group to leave. He noticed a bin had been upturned and questioned the group about it.


Gda Egan told Swords District Court that Khumalo confronted the barman in an aggressive manner. The barman said he was going to call gardai.

Khumalo responded by saying: "Go on, call the gardai. I'll blow your f***in' head off."

Gda Egan said the defendant was holding what appeared to be a gun.

The weapon was not pointed at the barman, and the incident was over in seconds.

Gda Egan said Khumalo left the area and gardai retrieved a pellet gun the following day.

Defence lawyer Lisa Daly said Khumalo cooperated fully with gardai and had shown remorse.

Ms Daly said Khumalo, of Chieftain's Drive, Balbriggan, was genuinely concerned about how the incident had affected the barman.

She also said he is making an effort to "go on the straight and narrow".

Ordering a probation report, Judge Dempsey said: "We'll see how much his behaviour has changed."

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