Thursday 23 November 2017

Man made HIV threat to gardaí at home of U2 star

A man was trespassing at the home of U2 drummer Larry Mullen
A man was trespassing at the home of U2 drummer Larry Mullen

Tom Tuite

A man threatened gardaí he would infect them with HIV after he was caught trespassing at the home of U2 drummer Larry Mullen while armed with a golf club, a court has heard.

Gerard O'Neill (31) of Orchid House, James Street, Dublin 8, was "foaming at the mouth" when he resisted arrest and threatened the officers who responded to a 6am report of intruders at the drummer's home.

He was found guilty of trespassing at Claremont Lodge, Claremont Road, Howth, north Co Dublin in such a manner as to cause fear in another person, on October 19 last.

The 31-year-old was also found guilty at Dublin District Court on other charges in connection with the incident: resisting arrest and production of a golf club as a weapon capable of causing injury.

And he was also guilty of failing to appear in court on three occasions, the court held.

Judge Ryan deferred ruling on the remaining charge of threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Garda Stephen Donnelly and Garda Aishling O'Neill.

He has been remanded in custody and the case will be finalised on a later date.

Security guard, Dan Suchan, told the judge he was in a security hut when he looked at his CCTV monitor to see a man and woman in the bushes. Gda Stephen Donnelly said he arrived with Gda Aishling O'Neill when the accused came out of bushes and "he had a golf club which he held aloft". Gda Donnelly said O'Neill shouted: "I've HIV". And threatened to spit at them and bite them to infect them.

Irish Independent

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