Golfer pulled out knife in bar brawl after win on Irish course
A US golfer swapped the luxurious surroundings of Donald Trump's five-star resort at Doonbeg for a cell at a nearby garda station.
Anthony Criscione (33) of City Place, White Plains, New York was detained by gardai at Kilrush garda station in Co Clare after his arrest at 2.20am yesterday.
It followed an altercation with two others at a bar at the resort owned by the Republican Presidential nominee.
Only hours earlier, Mr Criscione was celebrating in Doonbeg after being a member of the four-strong team that won the inaugural Trump Celtic Links Challenge.
However, Mr Criscione remained in custody at the station for the night before being brought to Ennis District Court yesterday afternoon where he pleaded guilty to the possession of a lock knife at the bar.
In evidence, Garda Gary Murray of Kilrush garda station told the court that he met with the two alleged injured parties in the case who alleged that Mr Criscione produced a knife during the course of a dispute in the bar.
Garda Murray said that having viewed CCTV of the incident, gardai were satisfied that the knife had been produced but not opened and the blade never exposed.
"The two alleged injured parties were frightened by their ordeal and made a statement outlining same but we are satisfied that the blade was never exposed," Garda Murray said.
Supt Martin McGonnell told the court that there was a lot of drink consumed and that the group Mr Criscione was a member of had been out dining in Doonbeg the evening before.
"The incident started out talking loudly and pushing and then the knife came out.
"In fairness to the defendant, during the course of his business, he normally carries a knife and he didn't know it wasn't allowed in Ireland to carry a knife," he said.
Solicitor for Mr Criscione, Patrick Moylan, asked that Judge Aeneas McCarthy view CCTV footage of the incident.
"You will see that Mr Criscione wasn't the instigator and he took the safest course of action - he put the knife on the bar counter so it wouldn't be part of the incident.
"He shows no aggression during the incident," Mr Moylan said. He added that Mr Criscione had pleaded guilty and was extremely co-operative.
"He is extremely concerned for his immediate and long-term future as a conviction would be a very serious matter for him," he said.
Judge McCarthy pointed out that Mr Criscione was not charged with producing the knife in the course of a dispute and only charged with possession of a knife.
He struck out the case on condition that Mr Criscione pay €200 into the court poor box, and he ordered for the destruction of the knife.