A DUBLIN man who rang a garda station and threatened he would stab an officer was upset and stressed because his father was in intensive care.
Derek Curran (45) was ringing get his credit card back because he needed it to pay for transport to the hospital.
The defendant repeatedly rang Rathfarnham garda station and told Garda Michael Halley his colleague Garda Padraic Clancy was "a liar" and he would "stab him in the back".
Judge Anthony Halpin ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing.
Curran, of White Church Cottages in Rathfarnham, admitted making threats to kill or cause serious harm to Gda Clancy.
Sgt Brian Crummey said Gda Halley was on duty in Rathfarnham garda station on June 19, 2013 when he received abusive phone calls from Curran.
Defence lawyer Eoin Byrne said Curran had been arrested and taken to Rathfarnham garda station the previous night.
He said Curran's father was in intensive care and he needed his credit card to pay for transport to see his father in hospital.
The court heard Curran had taken drink. He is receiving counselling for a drink problem.
Mr Byrne said Curran wished to apologise for his behaviour.