A MAN who exposed himself to an elderly couple in Doon was later arrested in possession of weapons including knives and a baseball bat.
A court heard that an elderly couple, who stopped to view land they had bought, were confronted by defendant, Jack Duggan (48) of Cooga, Doon, on May 27 last.
The court heard from Inspector Pat Brennan that the accused verbally abused the couple and then “pulled down his shorts, exposing himself and gesturing with his genitals.”
The couple phoned the Gardai and, when he was approached, Mr Duggan became abusive and had to be restrained before being arrested.
When Gardai searched his car, they found two knives, a machete and a baseball bat, which Judge Patricia Harney remarked, when shown the weapons in Kilmallock District Court, bore the legend “Slugger”.
Mr Duggan pleaded guilty to the charges. His solicitor, Con Barry, told the court his client knew the former owner of the land where the elderly couple had stopped and was unaware that they had since bought it.
Mr Barry said his client “hadn’t slept for three days,” having had some bad medical news about his newborn child.
Judge Harney described the incident as “bizzarre and extremely concerning.” She also asked why Mr Duggan would keep the weapons found in his car, to which Mr Barry replied he “is a hobby farmer.”
She remanded Mr Duggan on bail for a probation report to be presented to the court on December 13.