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Sunday 26 May 2019

Dad threatened to have gardai 'killed by Russian Mafia'

Raimondas Zajancauskas could not fully remember incident
Raimondas Zajancauskas could not fully remember incident

A father-of-four told gardai investigating a domestic incident that he would have them killed by the Russian Mafia.

Officers were called to the home of Raimondas Zajancauskas (47) last St Stephen's Day when he made the threat.

A court heard he had been drinking "far too much" on the night.

Judge Paula Murphy fined him €150 at Blanchardstown District Court after he admitted a public order offence.

Zajancauskas pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour in the incident at his home on Cherrywood Drive, Clondalkin.

Sgt Maria Callaghan said officers were called to the scene of a reported domestic incident.

The accused was one of the occupants of the address and became very aggressive towards gardai.

Sgt Callaghan said gardai were speaking to the defendant's partner when Zajancauskas was verbally abusive to them and was shouting.

Children were present in the house at the time, she said.

Convictions

Gardai left the house and the defendant followed them on to the road.

"He threatened he would have them killed by the Russian Mafia," Sgt Callaghan said.

There were neighbours out on the street at the time. The accused was arrested.

The court heard he had previous convictions.

He was originally from Lithuania and had been in Ireland for 15 years with his partner and family, his solicitor Valerie Buckley said.

The accused's partner was in employment, but Zajan- causkas was not working and was at home minding their children.

He did not have a full recollection of the events, but accepted what the gardai said and wanted to apologise, Ms Buckley said.

When he was shown the evidence he was "very embarr- assed".

Zajancauskas had been drinking far too much on the night and there were issues with alcohol, the court heard.

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