A man fighting another man in Cork city later threatened gardaí saying “Wait til ye see me on the street” and he also threatened the man he was fighting, calling him a rat and that the word would get out in Cork Prison.
Alan Raymond, 22, of 48 Aisling Lawn, Ballincollig, Co Cork, made these threatening comments during an incident earlier this year.
Solicitor, Frank Buttimer, said it was accepted by the defence that, “the verbals are terribly bad". Mr Buttimer said he had to show his client a copy of the prosecution evidence to remind him of his own behaviour.
“Such was the extent of his intoxication on the night. Alcoholism is in the background and it is being treated. He is due to be admitted to Arbour House for a residential programme. He is seeking to be admitted for the past eight weeks,” the solicitor said.
Raymond was ordered to do 200 hours community service instead of three months in prison at Cork District Court on Friday.
Sergeant John Kelleher said: “On Friday, February 18, gardaí responded to a report of a fight that was ongoing at the junction of Friar Street and Tower Street.
“At around 11pm, Sergeant Nigel Desmond (and colleagues) met Alan Raymond with a red jacket with a large tear in it.
“He was highly agitated and was shouting abuse towards another member of the public who was up the road from him.
“Sgt Desmond noted that Mr Raymond was shouting, ‘Fuck off you prick’ at the other man who was walking away.
“He remained highly volatile and aggressive as he was interacting with gardaí. He had his fists clenched, he was grinding his teeth, his eyes were glazed and there was a smell of intoxicating liquor from him.
“Mr Raymond made numerous references to Sgt Desmond and Garda Twomey and said: ‘Wait til ye see me on the street’ “He had to be forcibly restrained, placed on the ground and placed in handcuffs. He was kicking out as he was being restrained.
“As Garda transport was awaited, a man approached and Mr Raymond was highly abusive to this man (addressing him by name, saying) “You rat, wait til they hear about you up in the prison.’ He remained highly abusive at the Garda station, Sgt John Kelleher said.
Judge Olann Kelleher said: “The difficulty in this case is that he is out acting the hard man on the street.”
The judge added that he was concerned about the extent of his previous similar convictions — eight for being threatening and abusive and nine for being drunk and a danger.