Man charged with threatening to damage sister’s DVD player

May 24, 2022

An Inishowen pensioner has claimed he was forced to spend the night in a Garda station after his sister claimed he had threatened to damage her property.

Thomas Cunningham, 69, from Carndonagh appeared at Buncrana District Court.

But Mr Cunningham claimed he never threatened his sister and certainly never threatened to damage her DVD player.

Judge Brendan O’Reilly asked the accused if he had a solicitor but Cunningham replied he did not think he needed one as he had done nothing wrong.

“He (the guard) took me in yesterday evening and kept me in the barracks all night. I made a statement. I’m hiding nothing.

“I made no threat to nobody. I’m 70 years of age in a months time. I’m a pensioner. I made no threats,” said Cunningham.

Judge O’Reilly said this was quite a serious charge and that he could appoint a solicitor to the accused.

He accepted and chose solicitor Rory O’Brien.

Garda Sergeant Sean McDaid told the court there was no objection to bail and that they were seeking directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Judge O’Reilly ordered Cunningham of Collon Hill, Carndonagh to sign on once a week at Buncrana Garda station, not to interfere with witnesses in the case, be of good behaviour and give Gardai a contact telephone number.

He adjourned the case until September 20th.