Former fisheries boss told custody officer he would 'crucify his family upside down', court told
A former fisheries boss allegedly told a custody officer he would "crucify his family upside down", the High Court has heard.
Prosecutors claimed 60-year-old Thomas Finn also made threats about murdering and cutting the throats of PSNI staff during abusive outbursts last month.
At one stage he allegedly declared: "I have never shot a policeman, just f****** Fenians."
Finn, of Crawford Park in Portadown, Co Armagh, faces a charge of disorderly behaviour over the incident on February 28.
At the time he was on bail for a previous suspected assault on an ex-partner.
A Crown lawyer said the woman made a 999 call on September 27 last year, claiming Finn had launched the attack during a row at her home.
She was discovered with her face covered in blood, and alleging he had punched her seven or eight times to the head.
The woman sustained a cut to her temple and a split lip, the court heard.
Following his arrest he allegedly made a threat to "burn the bitch out".
"He also stated that he gave her a good slap around the head," the lawyer said.
Finn was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, threats to damage property and breach of a restraining order.
He had been on bail until detained again for the alleged disorderly behaviour.
Prosecution counsel claimed he was drunk and shouting profanities when police went to his home.
At one point he allegedly pointed at an officer and stated: "I'm going to cut his f****** throat, I'm going to shoot him in the head."
The court was told the abuse continued when Finn was brought into custody.
"He said 'I'm going to crucify your family, wife and kids, upside down'," the prosecutor contended.
It was claimed that Finn also stated: "If I see you in the shopping centre I will murder you."
Joel Lindsay, defending, described his client as "a horrible drunk" whose behaviour was fuelled by alcohol addiction.
The barrister revealed that Finn previously held down a good job with the fisheries agency, rising to the position of deputy chief executive.
Last month's alleged drunken outburst occurred after the accused called police about a lodger he wanted to leave for suspected drug taking, according to Mr Lindsay.
By the time officers arrived the other man had left and Finn was being challenged about his drinking.
"He overreacted because he felt he had been hard done by," the barrister added.
Judge Brian Sherrard described the latest alleged incident as "a fairly spectacular" breach of bail involving "a number of distressing threats".
But he ruled that Finn could be released from custody again.
Bail terms imposed include a curfew, electronic monitoring and a ban on either drinking alcohol or being intoxicated in public.
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