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A man who covered his body in butter in order to evade two Gardai before trying to stab them has had his case adjourned at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court.

Tralee courthouse
34 year old Michael Rooney of 54 O’Connell’s Avenue, Listowel pleaded guilty of two counts of threatening to kill two Gardai, Sergeant Tim O’Keeffe and Garda Colm McCarthy at the address on October 20th last year.
He also admitted to producing a weapon during the course of the incident.

Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard Gardai were called to a report of a domestic incident during which Mr Rooney, who lives with his girlfriend and two sons, became violent and had smashed two televisions; one with his hand and the other with a laptop. He had consumed around eight cans of lager and was on anti-depressant medication.

Before Gardai arrived Mr Rooney took off his clothes and covered his head, arms and torso in butter as he had seen it in a 2008 movie called Bronson where the character used butter to make it difficult to be caught by prison officers.
He also armed himself with a 14 inch kitchen knife, which he used three times to try and stab Sergeant Tim O’Keeffe who said he was genuinely afraid. The sergeant eventually managed to subdue the accused with pepper spray but it was difficult to put on handcuffs due to the butter.

Shortly after the incident Mr Rooney, who is unemployed, wrote a letter to both Gardai apologising adding he was embarrassed by his actions which was a fit of pure rage. Sergeant O’Keeffe agreed it had been a Jekyll and Hyde situation and the accused had been a different person on the night of the incident.

Judge Tom O’Donnell adjourned the case for 12 months and said he was keeping all options open adding the state or Sergeant O’Keeffe can seek to have the case re-entered at any time or place on the south west circuit he presides on.