A MAN who threatened a neighbour with a baseball bat has been spared a prison sentence.

Jerry Awalusi (48) then of 26 Caislean Court, Castlefin and now with an address in Killygordon, appeared before Letterkenny District Court in connection with an incident at Hill Head, Castlefin on June 6, 2019. 

Sergeant Jim Collins told the Court that Awalusi followed Kevin Boyce to a local national school, where the victim dropped off his two children.

Awalusi approached Boyce, shouting in an aggressive manner, accusing Mr Boyce of keeping him awake the previous night and alleging that he was making a loud noise as he rearranged furniture in his home.

Awalusi produced a stainless steel baseball bat and waved it aggressively at Mr Boyce.

The incident was captured by CCTV.

Solicitor for Awalusi, Mr Michael Shiel, said the incident was ‘purely out of frustration’.

“He realises at this stage that what he did was completely wrong,” Mr Shiel said.

“There has been a history between the pair and the relationship is not very good. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

Awalusi, who has four previous assault conviction and one for producing an article capable of inflicting serious injury.

Judge Paul Kelly said it was a ‘very marginal call’ and warned Awalusi that he faces a ‘lengthy jail sentence’ should he appear before him on similar charges.

Awalusi was sentenced to 80 hours of community service, in lieu of three months imprisonment. 

 


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