A MAN who swung a nunchuck at gardai in what has been described as a "threatening manner" has been sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for two years.
Vatalie Raru (33) has also been told that as part of his suspended sentence he is to attend anger management courses.
Raru, of Upper Main Street,n Rush, was found guilty by Judge Dermot Dempsey of being in possession of the nunchuck at his home last December 17.
Gda Sarah Ormond said she called to Raru's house on other matters along with Gda John Lennon.
She said Raru became very aggressive and when she and Gda Lennon left the house, he followed her and started to wave the nunchuck at her in a threatening manner.
She called for assistance and Raru was arrested.
Raru's solicitor said the father-of-three bought the plastic nunchuck for €2 for his children to play with.
Raru then said that he did not know Gda Ormond and Gda Lennon were members of An Garda Siochana, claiming that they "never said anything to me who they were".
When Gda Ormond put it to Raru that Gda Lennon was wearing an official garda uniform, he replied: "Anyone can wear a uniform."
Judge Dermot Dempsey said that he accepted the garda evidence over the defendant's evidence and convicted him of being in possession of the nunchuck.