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Brian Butler (38) then repeatedly told him “I am going to shoot you” while he held his hand down under his waistband.

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Brian Butler of Wyattville Park, Loughlinstown, pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill at the Ballybrack shopping centre. He also pleased guilty to two charges of intimidation of witnesses at the same place on September 2, 2017.

Brian Butler of Wyattville Park, Loughlinstown, pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill at the Ballybrack shopping centre. He also pleased guilty to two charges of intimidation of witnesses at the same place on September 2, 2017.

Brian Butler of Wyattville Park, Loughlinstown, pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill at the Ballybrack shopping centre. He also pleased guilty to two charges of intimidation of witnesses at the same place on September 2, 2017.

A father of six threatened to shoot a supermarket security guard who he claimed had barred his son from the shop, a court has heard.

Shortly before 10pm on August 25, 2017, Brian Butler (38) went into the Tesco in Ballybrack, south Dublin, and told the victim he had barred his son earlier.

He then repeatedly told him “I am going to shoot you” while he held his hand down under his waistband.

Butler told the man he would come back and shoot him and said “I'll do ten years”.

The victim told gardaí later that he really believed Butler and was in fear.

Butler was arrested and denied that he was holding a gun down his trousers.

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Brian Butler of Wyattville Park, Loughlinstown, pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill at the Ballybrack shopping centre. He also pleaded guilty to two charges of intimidation of witnesses at the same place on September 2, 2017.

Brian Butler of Wyattville Park, Loughlinstown, pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill at the Ballybrack shopping centre. He also pleaded guilty to two charges of intimidation of witnesses at the same place on September 2, 2017.

Brian Butler of Wyattville Park, Loughlinstown, pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill at the Ballybrack shopping centre. He also pleaded guilty to two charges of intimidation of witnesses at the same place on September 2, 2017.

He told gardaí that he was preparing to punch the victim and was tying the waistband of his tracksuit bottoms in order to get ready to run off afterwards.

He also told gardaí that he normally walks around with his hands down his “jocks” and that it was “a comfort thing”.

He said that people did tell him it was unhygienic but he told gardai that he kept clean.

A week later Butler walked up to two other security guards who had witnessed the earlier threats and told then “you have to drop the charges or you're going to get a bullet”.

He told them “I know my son is acting the bollocks” but alleged somebody had pushed him in the chest.

The court heard he told them “I swear to God if I go to jail I am going to kill you”.

Butler of Wyattville Park, Loughlinstown, pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill at the Ballybrack shopping centre.

He also pleased guilty to two charges of intimidation of witnesses at the same place on September 2, 2017.

Butler's 20 previous convictions include assault and robbery.

Taking the stand, Butler told Judge Karen O'Connor that he was really sorry for his actions and said he was going through “a bad bad time in my life” after five years of severe drug use.

Judge O'Connor said that any interference in the course of justice was very serious.

But she said that the defendant now appears to realise that he cannot behave in the way he has in the past.

She noted that a Probation Service report put him at a moderate risk of reoffending and that he has made efforts to address his drug addiction issues.

She said that to encourage his continued rehabilitation she was suspended a three-year prison term on strict conditions including that he be of good behaviour.

She warned Butler that he will serve the three years if he breaches any conditions of the suspension.

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