A man who threatened to kill his wife and children during a domestic dispute has been given the Probation Act.

Augustine Byrg, aged 55, appeared at Letterkenny District Court today.

Gardai told the court that they arrived at 86 Ashlawn, Letterkenny on August 5th last after complaints of a domestic incident.

Mr Byrg’s estranged wife Elizabetha and his daughter were at the door of the house and Byrg was there and was heavily intoxicated.

Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that Byrg had accused his wife of having another lover and was calling her various obscene names.

She had become very distressed and had threatened to jump off a bridge.

Gardai felt it necessary to arrest Byrg, who is a Polish national, and detain him.

Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said the couple’s marriage had broken down.

His client had been working but lost his job when he became ill and had taken to drink.

He is back working as a kitchen porter and is contributing to his wife and family.

Judge Paul Kelly said he would not like to jeopardise any employment prospects and would not record a conviction and applied the Probation Act.


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