By Declan Brennan
A father of six threatened to shoot a supermarket security guard who he claimed had barred his son from the shop, a court has heard.
The security worker told gardai he was in fear for his life when Brian Butler, 38, repeatedly told him “I am going to shoot you” with his hand under his waistband.
Butler, of Wyattville Park, Loughlinstown later told gardai he had no gun and normally walks around with his hand down his “jocks”.
He said it was a “comfort thing” and while people told him in the past that it was unhygienic, he told gardai that he kept clean.
Dublin Circuit Court heard that Butler went into Tesco in Ballybrack shortly before 10pm on August 25, 2017 and told the victim he had barred his son earlier.
Butler told the man he would come back and shoot him and said “I’ll do ten years”. The victim told gardaí later that he really believed Butler and was in fear.
Butler was arrested and denied that he was holding a gun down his trousers. He told gardaí that he was preparing to punch the victim and was tying the waistband of his tracksuit bottoms in order to get ready to run off afterwards.
A week later Butler walked up to two other security guards who had witnessed the earlier threats and told then “you have to drop the charges or you’re going to get a bullet”. He told them “I know my son is acting the b****cks” but alleged somebody had pushed him in the chest.
The court heard he told them “I swear to god if I go to jail I am going to kill you”.
Butler pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill at the Ballybrack shopping centre. He also pleaded guilty to two charges of intimidation of witnesses at the same place on September 2, 2017.
Butler’s 20 previous convictions include assault and robbery.
Taking the stand, Butler told Judge Karen O’Connor that he was really sorry for his actions and said he was going through “a bad bad time in my life” after five years of severe drug use.
Judge O’Connor said that any interference in the course of justice was very serious, imposing a three-year prison sentence suspended on condition Butler be of good behaviour.