Hostile crowd surrounded Gardai in Robertstown, court hears

Man charged with threatening to kill Garda

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Hostile crowd surrounded Gardai in Robertstown, court hears

Judge Desmond Zaidan presided over the case

A guilty plea has been entered in a case where a 54-year-old west Kildare man is charged with threatening to kill a Garda in the Robertstown area.

John Coyne, with an address at 23 Grove Heights, Robertstown, is charged with a number of offences at or around his home address on July 19, 2016.

Garda Sgt Des McHale outlined some of the alleged details of the case to Judge Desmond Zaidan when the case was mentioned at the November 16 sitting of the Court.

A number of Gardai, including Garda Kevin Williamson were on patrol in the area, and decided to follow a car driven by the defendant’s son.

It drove up a lane and the driver ran away from it. The Gardai eventually located the car parked up at a house, whose owner said he did not know who owned it. They located a phone at the scene.

John Coyne, Junior, then arrived. He was directed to leave the area and did so. The defendant, his father, John Coyne, then arrived and came to the scene. The court was told that at that point a very hostile crowd gathered around. There were six or seven people around.

At one point, it was alleged, Garda Williamson opted to pull out his baton, prepared to defend himself and a Garda colleague. He asked people to move away.

It is alleged that Mr Coyne was looking for his son’s phone and in the process said to the Gardai: “If you don’t give me the phone you will be got.”

The court was told that there had been an assault on a Garda in the Robertstown area some months previously. The matter has been adjourned until next February.