A FACTORY worker held a blade to a colleague’s neck while interrogating him about a missing tool and threatened if he took it, “Boy, I’m going to murder you with my bare hands”.
Aul Hagmann, 60, was furious over a utility knife he believed had been stolen when he threatened to kill the victim and slit his throat with a Stanley blade, a court heard.
The case was adjourned in Blanchardstown District Court for a testimony on the victim’s impact.
Hagmann, of Palmerstown Woods, Station Road, Clondalkin, admitted to having manufactured a gun and threatening to kill or cause serious damage during a dispute.
Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Judge David McHugh the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office (DPP) agreed that the case would be tried in the district court only on the basis of a guilty plea and pending jurisdictional consideration.
Defense attorney Rory Staines said Hagmann pleaded guilty.
Outlining the prosecution’s case, Sgt Callaghan said the incident happened at Plates For Us, Fonthill Industrial Estate, Clondalkin, where the victim had a summer job.
The man told Gardaí on the morning of August 24, 2020 that the accused had come to work and found his gloves had been removed.
Hagmann interrogated other employees to find out who had moved them and was “very angry and hit out”.
Later that day, the victim was returning from lunch moving boxes when he overheard Hagmann searching for a knife and questioning other people about it.
The defendant stood in the victim’s way and asked, “Did you take the f**king knife?”
The victim replied that he did not take a knife with him. Then Hagmann took a Stanley knife and held it close to the man’s neck, the blade drawn.
“If you took that goddamn king’s knife, I’ll slit your throat,” Hagmann told the victim, the court heard.
He had further stated, “Because I swear to God, once you’ve taken that knife I’m going to murder you, and boy am I going to murder you with my bare hands.”
Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction to leave the case in the District Court. He said a victim impact statement is required before the case is closed.
He referred Hagmann to further bail by the end of this month and said he would consider any mitigation the next day.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/factory-worker-held-blade-to-colleagues-neck-and-threatened-to-kill-him-court-told-41411288.html A factory worker held a blade to the colleague’s neck and threatened to kill him, the court said