Man walked into Garda sta­tion and threat­ened to cut him­self

SIX-MONTH SUS­PENDED PRISON SEN­TENCE FOR DE­FEN­DANT IN STAND-OFF

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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.

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