Talented young boxer avoids jail over threats to kill
A contender for a national boxing title has avoided jail after admitting making threats to kill or cause serious harm.
Evan Metcalfe (22) told a mobile phone shop worker that he would "get" him after work.
Metcalfe, of Captain's Road, Crumlin, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to making threats to kill on two occasions. The first was at a house in Walkinstown on August 19, 2013.
He was on bail for that off-ence when he threatened the worker at the Ashleaf Shopping Centre on July 6, 2015.
Gda Kevin O'Shaughnessy said the victim in the earlier incident was a former Russian soldier.
He told gardai that two men showed up at his house and one of them pointed a gun at him. The victim stood his ground and the two men ran off.
Metcalfe was identified, and during a search of his home gardai found €340 of cannabis hidden in boxing trophies.
The victim of the later offence was a manager at a Carphone Warehouse shop. Metcalfe and four others entered the shop and began interfering with phones. One man said they were going to "wreck the place" and the victim asked them to leave.
Metcalfe then went up him and told him: "I'm going to f**king brain you." He later said: "I'll get you after work. I'll see you around." The manager said he saw Metcalfe taking a photo of him shortly after this.
Seamus Clarke, defending, said his client had a national junior title and had fought Olympic boxer Paddy Barnes.
Crumlin Boxing Club chairman Liam Mooney told the court that Metcalfe had gone off the rails after his grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
However, he said he was now training hard and was the favourite to win a title in three weeks' time.
Judge Petria McDonnell imposed a suspended sentence of 18 months on condition that Metcalfe pays €2,000 in compensation.