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Threats-to-kill accused told garda he wished he could inject him 'with cancer', court hears

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John McDonagh

John McDonagh

John McDonagh

A FATHER accused of telling a garda he wished he could inject him and his children "with cancer" said he called officers the "Christmas grinch" after his house was raided and his children's presents seized, a court heard.

John McDonagh (36) is also alleged to have threatened to burn down the homes of two gardai and told one of them he would "blow his head off".

Mr McDonagh and a co-accused, John Joyce (43), appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court yesterday charged with making threats to kill or cause serious injury to gardai.

The two men were arrested on Tuesday after officers carried out an early morning raid on a Traveller site in Blackrock.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell remanded the men in custody with consent to bail to appear before Cloverhill District Court tomorrow.

Mr McDonagh, of St Louise's Park, Blackrock, is charged with making threats to kill or cause serious harm to Gda Neil Doyle and Gda Jonathan Ryan.

Mr Joyce, with addresses at Booterstown Halting Site and at Naul, Balbriggan, is accused of making similar threats to Gda Lorraine Mulvin.

Gardai objected to bail for the men, citing the seriousness of the charges and the strength of the evidence.

Threats

In relation to Mr McDonagh, Sgt Gordon Woulfe said it will be alleged that he threatened to burn down Gda Ryan's home and throw petrol through his letterbox.

Sgt Woulfe further claimed that Mr McDonagh said he wished he could inject the garda with cancer and that he would not see Christmas.

It is alleged that Mr McDonagh said he wished he could inject Gda Ryan's children with cancer.

Sgt Woulfe also alleged Mr McDonagh told Gda Doyle he would find out where he lived and burn his house down.

He is accused of telling Gda Doyle he would "blow his head off" with a sawn-off shotgun.

Defence lawyer John Dunne said Mr McDonagh enjoyed the presumption of innocence and would abide by any bail conditions.

In his evidence, Mr McDonagh admitted calling gardai the "Christmas grinch" and telling them they were "robbing Christmas".

He claimed gardai seized his children's Christmas presents, including Barbie dolls, during Tuesday's raid. He said he had receipts for all of the presents.

In relation to Mr Joyce, Gda Jonathan Shine said it will be alleged that on November 25 he told Gda Mulvin "never come on to this site again" and she had "done wrong using pepper spray".

Gda Shine alleged that Mr Joyce threatened Gda Mulvin when she returned to the site on December 4, calling her a "c**t", telling her "I warned you to stay out of this site" and saying she would be in danger if she came back.

Mr Joyce also said he would abide by any bail conditions.

Judge O'Donnell remanded the men in custody with consent to their own bail of €1,000 with an independent surety of €10,000 or cash in lieu of surety.

The men must sign on daily at their local garda station, obey a curfew, provide a mobile number and be contactable by gardai at all times and stay away from any witnesses in the cases.

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