Garda thought he was going to be shot during a bar fight
A GARDA thought he was going to be shot during a bar fight, a court has heard.
John McGrath, now retired, told a jury in Letterkenny how he thought he was going to be shot outside a pub in Inishowen, Co Donegal, at Easter 2010.
Retired businessman John Moran (57) has been charged with possession of a .22 revolver, possession of three rounds of ammunition, threatening to kill Gda McGrath and using threatening behaviour.
The prosecution told the jury that bar owner Hugh McLaughlin had called gardai after a fight between members of the Duffy family and members of the Moran family from Belfast and some of their friends.
When gardai arrived from Malin, there was a melee outside the pub.
As a result, twins Gary and Christopher Duffy and another man had been convicted on charges of assault causing harm.
Mr McGrath told the jury that when he arrived at the scene there was a large group of men and women fighting.
He immediately requested back-up. He said the row flared up again and he saw Mr Moran – from Serpentine Road in Belfast – “extremely agitated”.
“I saw John Moran raise his left hand and I saw he had a handgun and pointing it directly towards us,” said Mr McGrath.
The former garda said he was “extremely frightened” that he and other people there would be “mortally injured”.
Mr Moran denies all the charges.
The trial continues today.