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Monday 11 December 2017

Dad made threat over computer

scuffle: Refund for faulty laptop refused

A FATHER-of-two assaulted a man and threatened to kill him when gardai arrived because he was refused a refund for a faulty computer.

Hassan Omoru (42) was arrested after he went back with the laptop and confronted the man because it was not working.

He was fined €350 and convicted of assault and public order charges in the incident in the north inner city.

Omoru, with an address at Priory Park, Johnstown, Navan, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to assaulting the victim and using threatening abusive and insulting behaviour.

The incident happened in Summerhill, Dublin 1.

Garda Michael Coyne told the court Omoru went to the premises to return the laptop and the owner refused to take it back.

"Words were exchanged" and the accused pushed the injured party. A scuffle ensued. When gardai arrived at the scene, Omoru was aggressive and abusive towards them and the victim.

He shouted threats at the man, including: "I'm going to kill you."

The court heard he had two previous convictions for assault but these dated back several years.

"He bought this laptop from this man and it was defective," defence solicitor Joe Coonan said. "He wasn't getting any joy when he brought it back. Both men were aggressive and got in each other's faces. He pushed the other man out of his face."

The court heard the defendant had been in Ireland for 12 years and had a long work history here, including jobs in security, as a general operative in factories and as a forklift.

He had just completed a truck driving course and was seeking work in that area.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell fined the defendant €250 on the assault charge and €100 for breach of the peace.

He gave him six months to pay the fines, with 14 days in jail in default.

aphelan@herald.ie

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