Man jailed for threatening Gardaí with iron bar

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A Galway man was sentenced to six months in prison for threatening Gardaí with an iron bar after they came to check he was complying with his bail conditions.

Thomas Sweeney (37), of Castlepark, Ballybane, pleaded guilty at Galway District Court to producing an article capable of inflicting serious injury in the course of an argument with members of An Garda Síochána.

On November 1 of this year, Garda Jonathan Durkin and his partner called to Sweeney’s house at 10:40pm as part of a check to ensure he was complying with bail conditions.

As the approached the house, Sweeney came outside and began verbally abusing the Gardaí, calling them “f*****g scum”.

He then went to the rear of a car parked in the drive and retrieved an iron bar, making threatening motions towards the officers with it.

Shortly afterwards he went back into the house, spitting in the direction of the Gardaí as he went inside.

Two days later Sweeney presented turned himself in at the Garda Station to be arrested.

Valerie Corcoran SL, his solicitor, said that her client has had drug addictions, and relapsed on the night in question.

He had recently had very serious surgery, and contracted COVID while recovering Ms Corcoran said.

Judge Fahy imposed six months in prison for the firearms charge, backdating the sentence to November 4 when he went into custody.