Man told woman he could kill her and nobody would know

November 22, 2022

A man told a woman who came back to his flat in Ballybofey for a party that he could kill her and nobody would know.

Marcis Cigurs appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with making threats to the woman at an apartment on Chestnut Road on November 15th last year.

Cigurs, a 37-year-old Latvian national, has been living and working in the area for some time.

The court was told that the woman and a friend went back to Cigurs’ apartment after they had been socialising with him the previous night.

At 8am, when her friend had left, Cigurs made the remark leaving the woman in fear.

She phoned a friend and made a complaint to Gardai who said she was “visibly upset and shaking.”

Cigurs was arrested and admitted saying this to the woman but was apologetic.

The court was told the accused has no previous convictions.

His solicitor Donough Cleary said his client said he had met the woman in a bar and was still drunk the following morning when he made the remark.

He said the words used could have been interpreted in a different way and that there was no intent to carry out anything.

He added that his client had issues with alcohol and that every day is a new day for him and that he has stayed out of trouble and has been alcohol free since this incident.

However, Judge Éiteáin Cunningham said this must have been a “very frightening experience” for the woman.

Judge Cunningham has for a Victim Impact Statement to be sought from the woman, as well as a Probation Report on Cigurs and adjourned the case until February 20th next.