Monday 26 August 2019

Chased man with garden shears

Victim in fear of his life during drug-fuelled rampage

A young Dundalk man who went on a drug fuelled rampage in which he chased another man with broken garden shears and stabbed a man who attempted to apprehend him when he was intimidating elderly people has been jailed for three and a half years.

David Cooney, aged 23 of Mooreland Row, Armagh Road, Dundalk pleaded guilty at Dundalk Circuit Court to assault causing harm, criminal damage, possessing a knife and possessing garden shears a on September 30th 2016.

The court heard that he chased a victim whom he met Broughton Street with two halves of a pair garden shears. The man managed to get into his house and close the door but the accused could be heard shouting and banging the door, before breaking glass.

The victim was in fear of his life as were others in the house.

Cooney also admitted stabbing a man who had noticed him acting suspiciously at Linenhall Street and tried to tackle him because his behaviour was causing a nuisance for a number of elderly people, ended up being stabbed. The man sustained a stab wound under his left armpit.

Judge Martina Baxter remarked that the victim in that case was doing what a citizen should be doing in pointing out bad behaviour and protecting the vulnerable.

Gardai called to the defendant's home at 5.15pm that evening and Cooney was found upstairs, asleep in a bed and fully clothed. Gardai found a large knife on a locker at the end of the bed. During a further search of the house, black woolen gloves were found.

The court heard that Cooney had consumed pills on the day in requestion and had no recollection of the events. He admitted owning the shears but gave no reason for chasing the first man.

The stab victim - who had suffered a six or seven centimetre wound had made a full recovery, while the partner of the man who was chased by David Cooney, a mother of young children said she felt her home was under seige

Judge Baxter noted the accused was assessed as being at high risk of reoffending and acknowledged his offending is linked to his drug use, but she had no proof since November of his drug free status, as an updated urinalysis report was not available.

She imposed sentences totalling four years, with the final six months suspended. She ordered Cooney to enter a bond to be of good behaviour for six months after his release and to engage with the Probation Service after his release.

The Argus