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‘Out of control’ man who stabbed father is given eight month jail sentence

A 22-year-old man who drunkenly stabbed his father in the hand and threatened to kill gardai when they arrived to assist has been sentenced to eight months in prison.

James McDonagh refused to put a knife down and shouted at Garda John Dure “I’ll f**king kill you sergeant or whoever you are” before throwing cups and saucers at him.

McDonagh of Campsite, Coolock Lane in Santry pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to threatening to kill Gda Dure at his home on January 1, 2010.

Garda Alan Flaherty told prosecuting counsel Noel Devitt BL that gardai were called to the campsite following a row between McDonagh and his father, during which McDonagh’s father was stabbed in the hand.

Garda Dure approached the caravan and McDonagh shouted at him not to come any closer. Gda Dure persuaded McDonagh’s father, mother and uncle to leave the caravan as McDonagh had a knife in his hand.

“He was highly intoxicated and extremely aggressive and when Gda Dure asked him to put down the knife, he refused,” said Gda Flaherty.

Gda Flaherty used his pepper spray on him after McDonagh threw the knife at him and hit the door behind him. McDonagh was then restrained and arrested.

Defence counsel Luigi Rea BL, said McDonagh “regrets the domestic row which got out of control”.

“He is addressing his drink problem and apologises for showing aggression towards gardai,” said Mr Rea.

Judge Martin Nolan said McDonagh was “out of control” and that threatening gardai with a knife is a very serious offence.

“I cannot give him a chance because of this,” said Judge Nolan. “Hopefully a prison sentence will teach him a lesson not to threaten gardai.”