Publican jailed after shotgun threat to brewery

A publican accused of threatening to return to Heineken’s headquarters in Cork with a shotgun in a commercial row over beer supply will spend the weekend in jail after he refused to give an undertaking to stay away from the premises.

Sergeant Michael Kelleher said there was no garda objection to Anthony Horgan being remanded on bail on his undertaking to stay away from Heineken at Leitrim St, Cork, and from their depot at Little Island.

Horgan, 47, a publican at The Oldmill, Donoughmore, Co Cork, said he could not give the undertaking to stay away.

He said he was previously involved in a dispute with another drinks company that took 11 years and a lot of anguish to resolve. He said 12 months in prison might be better than that.

“I am supposed to close my pub for 11 years. That is the predicament I am in,” he said.

The publican was in court on three charges, namely parking in a manner that obstructed the company’s entrance yesterday, threatening Heineken that he would return with a shotgun and that Heineken would require the armed response unit, and thirdly, entering the curtilage of the company as a trespasser on Jan 10.

In his own evidence, Horgan said he parked there for 90 minutes and made 15 calls to Heineken from his phone. He claimed they were refusing to supply him with Heineken lager and Murphy’s stout which he needed to run his pub.

Inspector Michael McGuire said that the criminal case against the publican in Cork District Court was not the forum for resolving whatever commercial dispute the defendant had.

Judge Leo Malone said to the publican: “It does not give me any pleasure to remand you in custody but if you are not prepared to comply with an order of this court I have to.”

Horgan said he understood that. He was remanded in custody until this Monday. Several members of the publican’s family were present for the case.

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