12/06/2012

Stapleton Trial: Court Hears Garda Feared For His Life

A court has heard how garda Michael Bohane feared for his life when a man put a knife to his throat and told him he was going to die.

This was before Edmond Stapleton stole a Garda 4x4 which he drove down a crowded pedestrian street in Cork city before almost hitting an aircraft carrying passengers at Cork Airport.

On the first day of Mr Stapleton’s trial garda Bohane told the court how he believed the 38-year-old was going to kill him when he opened the door of his stationary Garda vehicle on Patrick Street in Cork city centre on May 22nd, 2011, and held a knife to his throat.

“He said he was ‘a f***ing Army ranger’ and he was highly aggressive – I could feel his spittle hitting my face and, although he was wearing sunglasses, I can recall the whites of his eyes bursting out wide. He said today was the day I was going to die and he was going to kill me.”

Mr Stapleton, of no fixed abode, denies 12 charges relating to a series of events in Cork city centre and Cork Airport on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011.

The case continues.

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