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Monday 11 December 2017

Man threatened to kill McDonald's staff in row over donuts

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A MECHANIC who was asked to pay for two donuts by a manager in a takeaway threw them at his head and then threatened to kill him.

Gary O'Donnell (27) also threatened to come back to McDonald's in Finglas and kill the rest of the staff.

Blanchardstown District Court heard O'Donnell took exception to an accusation he had stolen the donuts.

In a separate incident, O'Donnell threatened to "blow the head" off a security man in a Finglas pub and to rape his daughter.

Judge David McHugh imposed a four-month sentence.

The defendant, with an address at Grove Avenue in Finglas, admitted to threatening to kill the manager of McDonald's, Charlestown Road in Finglas on January 10, 2014.

He also threatened to kill a number of staff members and gardai in the same incident.

O'Donnell further admitted to public drunkenness, threatening and abusive behaviour and damaging a disabled toilet.

Sergeant Mary Doherty said O'Donnell was drunk and verbally abusive to staff in McDonald's.

Threats

Sgt Doherty said he took two donuts and when he was asked by the manager to pay for them he threw them at his head and tried to assault him.

The sergeant said O'Donnell also threatened to kill the manager and to return to the restaurant and kill the rest of the staff.

Sgt Doherty said O'Donnell smashed a bottle of vodka over the floor in a disabled toilet.

In a separate incident, Sgt Doherty said O'Donnell was detained by security staff at the Full Schilling, Main Street in Finglas on May 31, 2014.

Sgt Doherty said O'Donnell threatened to blow the head off a security man and to rape his daughter.

The court heard that O'Donnell has 31 previous convictions, including for threatening and abusive behaviour.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said the defendant was extremely drunk and took exception to an accusation he had stolen two donuts.

Mr O'Doherty said O'Donnell previously worked as a mechanic but lost his job due to his problem with alcohol.

In relation to the matters before the court, Mr O'Doherty said O'Donnell was extremely drunk at the time.

Mr O'Doherty said the defendant has had long standing drink and drug problems but is now sober and doing his best to stay out of trouble.

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