Friday 24 January 2020

Dad threatened to burn neighbours' house over dispute

James Kerrigan (26) pleaded guilty to obstructing gardai
James Kerrigan (26) pleaded guilty to obstructing gardai

A father-of-four in a dispute with neighbours resisted arrest after gardai heard him threatening to go across the road and burn their house down.

James Kerrigan (26) became agitated and aggressive after he was heard making the threat at his home when gardai were called out to investigate the row.

Kerrigan, of Goldenbridge Avenue, Inchicore, pleaded guilty to obstructing gardai, while other charges were withdrawn.

Judge David McHugh gave him a four-month suspended sentence.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the offence happened outside his parents' house on May 16.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were called due to a confrontation between two sets of neighbours at around 7pm.

The accused was on the road and there was an argument with another family living opposite, the court heard.


Gardai followed the accused into his house to try to find out what had happened. When questioned, Kerrigan became highly agitated and aggressive and said in front of gardai "he was going to go back over and burn the house down", Sgt Callaghan said.

He tried to push past a garda and when told he would be arrested for making threats to cause damage, he became aggressive and obstructed arrest.

There had been a dispute between two families and other charges were withdrawn, the accused's lawyer said.

Kerrigan had lost his home and had to live with his partner and four children in a caravan at his parents' home.

He had experienced a difficult period and suffered from depression, his lawyer said.

Separately, Kerrigan was among a group of people who were told to move on at Main Street, Blanchardstown, in the early hours of December 23, 2017. He had to be restrained and was arrested later.

He was stopped while driving without insurance in two other incidents. As well as the suspended sentence, the judge banned him from driving for five years, told him to carry out community service and fined him €150.

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