Man who threatened to cut off priest’s fingers in Dundrum is sentenced

Mark Halligan (45) has been diagnosed with religious persecution disorder, court is told

Mark Halligan (45), of Mountainview Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin, leaving court after he received a three-year suspended sentence. Photograph: Collins Courts

Mark Halligan (45), of Mountainview Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin, leaving court after he received a three-year suspended sentence. Photograph: Collins Courts

A man with a religious persecution disorder who followed a parish priest into a sacristy with a knife and threatened to cut off his fingers has received a fully suspended sentence.

Mark Halligan (45) of Mountainview Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to making a threat to kill or cause serious harm at a church in Balally, Dundrum, on September 11th, 2016.

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