Man told Garda he was in the IRA and would have him shot

December 21, 2016

A man told a Garda he was a member of the IRA and would have him shot.

Edward Deery was charged with being drunk and abusive at Paddy Power bookmakers in Letterkenny  on November 25th last at 2.50pm in the afternoon.

Letterkenny District Court heard how the 58 year old threatened staff and had called a female staff member a “c***.”

Gardai arrived and he threatened them before being arrested.

Solicitor Frank Dorrian said the man and a friend had been drinking in Derry all the previous day and had continued when they arrived back in Letterkenny.

He stressed that his client, of Legnahoory, Kilmacrennan, had no issue with the Gardai and did not really know what he was saying.

He claimed that a small quantity of cannabis herb found in his pocket was not his at all.

The man had claimed that he had taken it from some young people in Derry because he was completely against cannabis but had simply put it is his pocket and forgotten about it.

Judge Paul Kelly told the accused that if he donated €150 to the Garda Benevolent Fund, that he would strike out the charge when he appears in court again on January 20th.

He also fined the accused €250 for using threatening and abusive behaviour and a further €150 on the drugs charge.