A moneylender allegedly held a gun to the head of another man and told him he would kill him because he owed him just €70.
Miroslaw Klucsak appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday charged with making threats to kill and also demanding money with menace.
The Polish man, who completely denies the charges, told the court that he runs a legitimate business paying for people’s grocery shopping and then charging them for the transport.
He collects the money he is owed outside the local post office in Letterkenny every Wednesday and Thursday when the Polish community collected their welfare payments.
However, Klucsak is charged with threatening to kill another man Leszek Majewski because he did not have the €70 he was owed.
Judge John O’Hagan was told that on April 4th, 2013, Kluczak met Majewski outside the post office on Main Street and demanded his cash.
The defendant, who borrowed €225 said he could not pay the balance of the cash as he had to transfer money back to his 18 year old son in Poland for schoolbooks.
Later that morning, Klucsak is alleged to have visited the home of Leszek and his wife Barbar at their home at 20 Celtic Apartments in Letterkenny.
Leszek claimed that the accused pulled a gun from beneath his coat and put it to his head.
“He came in looked around and was nervous. He took a gun from inside his jacket – he grabbed me by my jacket and put a gun to my head. He said “Give me the money back or I will kill you.” He was swearing. I told him shoot me and he then put the gun hard into my head .
“My wife ran out. He was trying to shake me but then when he realised she was gone and he pushed me on top of the fridge and he ran out,” said the defendant.
Ms Majewski ran to a local clothing shop Wisteria and asked the proprietor to call the police saying her husband needed an ambulance and was covered in blood.
Barrister for the accused, Peter Nolan, put it to Mr and Mrs Majewski that there never was any gun in the first place.
He put it to them that after they collected their money from the post office they went to LIDL and bough vodka.
They both denied this.
Garda Darren Carter said he called to the home of the accused and asked about the alleged incident and if he had a weapon.
He said the only evidence of any weapon was a cardboard box for a pellet gun.
Kluczak, of 59 The Maples, Lismonaghan, Letterkenny, said it belonged to a friend who had moved to Dublin.
He admitted that he sometimes loaned money to members of the Polish community to pay for bills saying he was not a monster and had compassion.
He denied ever threatening the defendant with a gun and said he had simply asked for his money back.
The case continues today.