Drunk man threatened to bite out garda’s eyes

Diners outside a busy hotel witnessed a man strip to the waist and make violent threats against a member of An Garda Síochána shouting at one stage that he would bite his eyes out.

Inspector Mary King said yesterday at Cork District Court that gardaí received a call to the grounds of Christy’s Hotel in Blarney, Co Cork.

There was a report of a disturbance taking place in the car park to the premises close to where people were dining outside the hotel. They found a man with his top off shouting and roaring.

Garda Brian Holland asked the man for his name and address and he refused to give it. Inspector King said the man shouted: “I’m going to bite your nose off. I’m going to cut your throat. I’m going to bite your eyes out.”

The inspector said Colin Holmes, 33, of Woodside, Kerrypike, Co Cork, continued in this verbally abusive vein at about 6pm on July 21.

Holmes also called the guard “a retard” and he had to be handcuffed.

Holmes pleaded guilty yesterday to engaging in threatening behaviour, being drunk and a source of danger and refusing to give his name.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said Holmes had collected his dole payment earlier in the day and gone drinking with a female friend.

“He has no knowledge of what all this is about. The first he realises of how untoward his behaviour was when he reads the [Garda] statements. He accepts it was appalling behaviour. He had been working pretty much full-time but because of the downturn he has not been working. He would not have had the capacity to be a danger to the guards because of his intoxication.”

Judge Con O’Leary imposed a four-month suspended sentence.

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