A Judge has issued a bench warrant for a man who went berserk when he was told his social welfare payment were being cut off.

Martin Nichols was due to appear at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charge with threatening and abusive behaviour.

Garda Harvey Maughan told the court that Nicols, aged 38, from Meadowbank, Letterkenny, became irate when told his payments would have to be cut off in the short-term.

He picked up a chair at the Community Welfare Office at Oliver Plunkett Road on June 25th last and began waving it around in front of children and then began to abuse Garda Harvey.

Garda Harvey said “He shouted ‘You can’t f**ing do that” and “I’m not afraid of the f****ing guards” before he picked up a chair and began waving it.

“There were a number of families including children there as well as staff members. I decided to arrest him as the situation may have escalated.”

The court heard that Nichols has 47 previous convictions.

Judge Paul Kelly issued a bench warrant for the court to sentence the accused.


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