Saturday 23 March 2019

Man (32) who pointed air gun at gardaí jailed

(stock photo)
(stock photo)

Sonya McLean

A grieving man who pointed an air gun at three gardaí after threatening that he would slaughter them all has been jailed for 28 months.

Gerard Curtis (32) was still wearing his funeral clothes, his mother having been cremated the day before, when he stood on a second floor balcony and directed abuse at the gardaí below.

“I'll slaughter you all. If I wanted to I could kill you all easily,” Curtis told gardaí. He later produced a BB gun, raised his arm and pointed it in the direction of the officers, causing them to retreat for safety.

He pointed the gun at them a second time after the gardaí returned to the scene, again causing them to retreat.

He later admitted that he was “whacked out of it” as he had been at a cocaine fueled party that night.

Curtis of Sean McDermott Street Lower, Dublin , pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to unlawful possession of a firearm at Dominick Street, Dublin on June 14, 2016. His 116 previous convictions include public order, road traffic, assault and criminal damage.

Judge Martin Nolan accepted that while the weapon could be considered harmless, it would not have appeared as such “to those who confronted” Curtis.

He noted that an armed officer from the Special Detective Unit, who was called into assist, had produced his own weapon and was about to confront Curtis but Curtis had already put his gun down.

Judge Nolan described the offence as “serious misbehaviour that could have had serious repercussions” not just for Curtis but also the gardaí.

He accepted that Curtis co-operated with the investigation, was truly remorseful and that he had not come to garda attention for some time before this incident.

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