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Screwdriver boy (18) in threat to kill DIY staff

A TEENAGER who threatened to kill staff in a DIY store said he became angry after he was told he was banned from the shop.

Thomas McDonagh (18) picked up a screwdriver and told staff not to follow him "or else".

He claimed that he was victimised by staff and it was a case of mistaken identity.

A judge said he would leave McDonagh without a conviction if he made a donation to charity.

The defendant, of Carton Road, Poppintree, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour and possession of a dangerous weapon. The incident took place at Homebase, Northwood, Santry on July 12 last.

Garda Sergeant Damien Galligan said that gardai were called to Homebase following reports that a male was fighting with staff.


Sgt Galligan said McDonagh was very abusive and threatened to kill staff. He refused to leave the store, and picked up a screwdriver and warned them not to follow him.

The sergeant said McDonagh was co-operative once he was taken to the garda station.

The court heard the defendant has no previous convictions. Defence lawyer said McDonagh was unemployed and living at home with his parents.

He said the defendant was told by staff that he was barred from the DIY store and he took great offence to this, as he believed it was a case of mistaken identity.

The court heard that McDonagh realised he was very aggressive and behaved in an improper manner.

Judge Brian Sheridan said he would give the defendant a chance and adjourned the matter for four weeks so that McDonagh could bring a €100 charity donation to court.