Man who threat­ened to ‘smash’ woman’s head sent to prison

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

AN­THONY MAGUIRE of 26 Beach­side Av­enue, Cour­town was dealt a five-month jail sen­tence af­ter Judge Ger­ard Haughton heard tear­ful vic­tim im­pact ev­i­dence from the woman he threat­ened in the Ap­ple Green ser­vice sta­tion in Gorey.

The Dis­trict Court was given ev­i­dence from a mem­ber of staff at the Ap­ple Green who asked Maguire to leave the premises as he had been barred.

His re­sponse was to be­come very ag­gres­sive, say­ing that he would smash her head and that he would knife her.

She reck­oned he was not in his right mind at the time.

Maguire also pleaded guilty to steal­ing cash and cheques on an­other oc­ca­sion when he reached into the till at Pet­titt’s in Gorey.

The cheques were later re­cov­ered but not the cash, though com­pen­sa­tion was pro­duced in court by solic­i­tor David Tarrant

Also out­stand­ing against the same de­fen­dant was a dan­ger­ous driv­ing in­ci­dent dat­ing back to Septem­ber of 2016 when Maguire was ob­served speeding through River­chapel and over­tak­ing other road users in a dan­ger­ous man­ner. He was not in­sured.

De­fend­ing solic­i­tor David Tarrant told the court that, af­ter the in­ci­dent at Ap­ple Green, his client went to the UK to com­plete a res­i­den­tial course.

Maguire was now free of drugs and in af­ter-care, hav­ing taken up em­ploy­ment for the first time in his life while he was ex­pect­ing a third child with his part­ner.

Judge Haughton noted a ‘for­mi­da­ble’ record of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions which in­cluded counts of theft, rob­bery and driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance.

The threats to as­sault oc­curred back in July of 2017 but were still up­set­ting for the vic­tim, the court noted.

The de­fen­dant’s be­hav­iour amounted to as­sault which mer­ited a five month jail term.

Four months con­cur­rent were recorded for dan­ger­ous driv­ing and driv­ing unin­sured, with a ten year driv­ing ban.

The de­fen­dant was taken into cus­tody but later walked free as bail was posted pend­ing an ap­peal against the sen­tenc­ing.

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