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Monday 11 December 2017

No record of alleged threats to dad given community service

Anthony Walsh had claimed there was a threat against his life
Anthony Walsh had claimed there was a threat against his life

A dad-of-two who smashed his head through a pane of glass in his girlfriend's front door has avoided jail after being allowed to carry out community service.

Anthony Walsh (27), who caused the damage while on a cocktail of drink and drugs, had claimed there was a threat on his life that meant he was ineligible for community service.

Gardai established the threat was not officially on their records and Judge David McHugh ordered him to undertake 120 hours of work in lieu of a three-month prison sentence.

Walsh, of Rossfield Drive, Tallaght, had pleaded guilty to failing to follow garda directions and criminal damage at Kilmahuddrick Grove, Clondalkin, on September 3, 2016.

The case was back before Blanchardstown District Court, where the judge was told Walsh had a threat against his life.

Defence barrister Alan Delaney asked for a suspended sentence for Walsh.

Immune

A probation officer explained such threats were taken seriously, as there could be safety issues for other people on site.

The judge asked if this meant Walsh was "effectively immune from doing community service", adding that "120 hours in lieu of three months means just that".

He asked for garda confirmation of the threat "as of today".

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said when a person was under threat it was registered on the Pulse system but this was not the case for Walsh.

The probation officer then said Walsh could be accepted on to community service if there was no confirmed threat.

Previously, the court heard the accused was arrested for a public order offence after an alleged domestic incident.

He later returned to the same address and began banging on the door of his partner's house.

Her brother answered the door and Walsh tried to get in past him. He shut the door and Walsh hit his head on it, causing a glass panel to break.

The court heard he had since paid €200 compensation for the damage.

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