Man told Gardai he would rape them and their children

November 8, 2021

A man who told gardai that he would rape them, their mothers and their children has been told he Is lucky he was not facing more serious charges.

Judge Alan Mitchell also told Thomas Delaney (24) who also called gardai “whores and sluts” that the only thing that was saving him from jail was that he had no previous convictions.

“How would you like it if somebody told you that they would rape your sisters or your mother,” asked the judge?

The defendant pleaded guiltY at Ballyshannon District Court to charges of being drunk and a danger to himself and others and using threatening and abusive behaviour at Magheracar, Bundoran on November 2.

Sergeant Oliver Devenney told the court that gardai got a report of a drunken male on Main Street Bundoran.

The defendant was throwing signs on the road and was drunk and aggressive, the court heard.

The defendant told a male and female garda that he would rape them.

The defendant began to kick out at gardai and was put in the van and brought to Ballyshannon Garda Station.

Judge Alan Mitchell said the defendant was lucky he was not facing more serious charges.

Defence solicitor Sinead Whelan of Rory O’Brien, solicitors, said the defendant wanted to apologise to the gardai for what had happened.

He was going through a very bad patch after his long- term relationship broke up and had alcohol and mental health issues.

The defendants mother was in court supporting him and he was coming to terms with and accepted that he had an alcohol addiction.

The defendant’s mother told the court her son’s behaviour was completely out of character and she was shocked.

The defendant told the court he wanted to apologise to the gardai.

Judge Alan Mitchell said in vino veritas as alcohol can bring out bad characteristics in people when they were disinhibited.

The judge said the defendant, of Toome, Ballymahon, County Longford needed help to deal with his issues and he could be looking at a short sharp shock in prison.

Judge Mitchell said the media were present and the defendant could be embarrassed that his actions would be made public.

The judge described the defendant’s remarks as “appalling” .

He gave the defendant a two months jail sentence suspended for 18 months on the threatening and abusive charge and the defendant was to be under the supervision of the Probation Service.

The charge of public intoxication was taken into consideration.