Buncrana man told Gardai he’d ‘put a bullet’ in their heads

Buncrana courthouse.
Buncrana courthouse.

A Buncrana man who told Gardai he would “put a bullet” in their heads has appeared on court on a number of charges relating to four different dates last year.

Aaron Bradley,(19) Straboe, Buncrana appeared at Buncrana District Court on Thursday in relation to numerous charges on 31st March, 2014 at Main Street, Buncrana; 11th May, 2014 at Letter, Fahan and Ardaravan, Buncrana; 31st July, 2014 at Main Street, Buncrana and 3rd August 2014 at Main Street, Clonmany.

Inspector David Murphy told the court that on March 31st, 2014 at 12.25am, Gardai were on mobile patrol on Buncrana main street when they saw Bradley walking on the footpath. He then shouted “w***ers” at the patrol van.

On August 3rd, at 11.50pm at Main Street and Gaddyduff brae, Clonmany during the festival, Gardai were arresting a person when a group of males became aggressive and threatening to them. Bradley shouted: ‘I’m going to put a bullet in your heads’ and made reference to “another organisation.”

On May 11th, 2014, at 8.10pm, Gardai stopped an 03 van at Main Street, Buncrana and found the rear seat passenger, Bradley, was not wearing a seatbelt. A fixed penalty notice was issued and not paid.

Also on May 11th, 2014 at 7.20pm, Gardai stopped a green Audi and made a demand on Bradley, the driver, to produce a licence and insurance. He nominated Burnfoot Garda station in which to produce these but failed to do so.

On July 31st, 2014, Gardai learned hoarding on main street, Buncrana had been damaged, the property of a local business owner. CCTV identified Bradley as the culprit. Gardai were unable to interview him as he worked away from home. Inspector Murphy said if Judge Paul Kelly indicated any compensation order, the injured party wished it to go to charity. The value of the damage was around 50 euro.

Bradley has no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Pat McMyler said his client is working in Birmingham and is a skilled operator of heavy machinery,

He said the “main difficulty” was the Clonmany incident, adding what Bradley had told Gardai was “unforgivable.”

Mr McMyler said there has been some “difficulties” between Bradley’s family and Gardai “and a lot of that was passed down from adult 
to child,”

Mr McMyler said Bradley earns between 600-700 sterling per week in England his job is a “positive development” for him.

Judge Paul Kelly asked how much Bradley could “get his hands on” that afternoon, stating he needed to come up with 500 euro to deal with the public order and criminal damage offences. Bradley later came back with the cash and Judge Kelly ordered him to pay it to the St Vincent De Paul, Buncrana, stating he would invoke the probation act on those charges and that of disorderly conduct if he did so.

He fined him 200 euro on the no insurance charge and did not impose a disqualification. He told Bradley if he was he up before him on similar offences he would deal with 
him “differently.”