AN ENNISKILLEN man who threatened a man who he didn’t get on with, and his family, at a local bar has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Dominic McGoldrick (28) of Sycamore Drive, Cavanaleck previously pleaded guilty to threats to kill and threats to damage property and was before Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday for sentencing.
On June 19, 2015 police were called to Pat’s Bar in Enniskillen after a man, McGoldrick, had become aggressive and was asked to leave. The defendant did leave, but then returned to the bar and was being restrained at the door by staff when the officers arrived.
While the door staff at Pat’s did not want to make a complaint at that time, the officers were then flagged down by a man who said McGoldrick had threatened him and his family. He told police McGoldrick said he knew where he lived.
The court was also told that McGoldrick had been at Wetherspoons pub in the town the same evening before going to Pat’s, and had been heard saying he was “going to finish the job.”
When interviewed by police, McGoldrick, who served a five month prison sentence earlier this year for criminal damage, denied being threatening, stating he had simply been “slagging” the complainant, and made no further comment on the incident.
Defence barrister Stefan Rafferty said McGoldrick had not “gone looking for trouble” on June 19 last year and explained the injured party involved was an individual with whom he didn’t get on with.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said McGoldrick had a poor previous record, but said there had been a “glimmer of hope” in his pre-sentence report from probation, which stated the defendant wanted to “clean up his act” and had had a change in attitude since the birth of his daughter.
Stating he hoped McGoldrick could mend his ways, Judge Broderick said he was “going to leave something hanging over his head” and sentenced him to six months in prison, suspended for the maximum period of three years.
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