Man pleads guilty to threatening woman with knife

December 6, 2023

A man has pleaded guilty to a series of charges after an incident in which he produced a knife while threatening a woman in Bundoran.

David Moran appeared at Donegal Circuit Court on Tuesday in connection with the incident on March 28, 2021.

Moran, a 35-year-old with an address at St Joseph’s Terrace, Sligo, is currently in custody.

Previously, Moran tendered a guilty plea when he appeared before Ballyshannon District Court.

Moran was brought before Judge John Aylmer at Donegal Circuit Court this week. He spoke only to affirm his guilty plea.

He is charged with the possession of a large kitchen knife at Elaghmore, Bundoran and he is also charged with trespassing on the curtilage of a building.

Moran is charged that he did make a threat to a woman – intending that she would fear it would be carried out – to damage property, to wit, a vehicle.

He is further charged with while being a person on a premise as a trespasser, to wit, the front garden and outside the front window of a private house, that he had with him a knife, which had a blade or which was sharply pointed.

Moran is also charged that in the course of a dispute that he produced in a manner likely unlawfully to intimidate another person an article capable of inflicting serious injury, to wit, a large kitchen knife.

Barrister Ms Patricia McLaughlin SC, instructed by solicitor Mr Gerry McGovern, represented Moran. Ms McLaughlin said Moran has a diagnosis of schizophrenia and asked for the legal aid certificate to be extended to cover a psychiatric report.

A Governor’s report and a probation report were also sought by Ms McLaughlin.

Moran, she said, has a ‘large number’ of previous convictions. He has recently welcomed the birth of his first child and ‘is doing well’. Moran is also receiving addiction counselling in prison.

Judge Aylmer remanded Moran in custody and adjourned the matter for sentencing until the next session of Donegal Circuit Court in March 2024.