Man walked into Garda station and threatened to cut himself
SIX-MONTH SUSPENDED PRISON SENTENCE FOR DEFENDANT IN STAND-OFF
AMANwho went in to Shankill Garda Station and threatened to cut himself with a carving knife if he could not talk to a particular Garda was handed down a six-month suspended prison sentence last Thursday.
Ciaran Moran, (22), 64 Rathsallagh Park, Shankill, went in to the public area of the garda station at 6.30 p.m. on May 19 and asked for Detective Garda Ciaran Murphy.
When told Det. Gda. Murphy was not available, he produced a 10 inch carving knife and threatened to self-harm.
A stand off ensued, with the reception area secured until Moran relinquished the knife at approximately 7.50 p.m.
The court heard that he gave no explanation at the time for his behaviour.
Moran’s solicitor Mr. McNeice told the court that Moran was frustrated because he had been told that a person who had been an assailant towards himself was not to be prosecuted.
Mr. McNeice said that his client had suffered very serious during after the incident in question. ‘He accepts that what he did was totally unacceptable but he had previously come to the attention of gardaí and been punished, he felt that the situation was unjust.’
Mr. McNeice observed that Moran had been more of a danger to himself than others and that his state of mind had been ‘unhinged’ that evening.
The Court heard that Moran has voluntarily put himself forward for psychiatric assessment.
‘His feelings of resentment about something not being done for him may be a reason but the fact of the matter is that what he did was illegal and a criminal offence and as such moves it totally away from the reason,’ remarked Judge Murrough Connellan.
‘By stepping outside the law in his actions, Mr. Moran has ended up back in court.’
Judge Connellan said that a probation report had outlined a serious of issues that it is recommended Moran address. ‘It is not just a matter of running to John of Gods,’ said Judge Connellan. ‘He can either take on board the contents of the probation report or continue on in this manner.’
Judge Connellan added that he would make no further comment on the circumstances leading to the incident, other than to say ‘in certain circumstances, information should be given to people.’
Moran was given a sentence of six months, suspended for one year providing he keeps the peace during that time.