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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Drug addict threatened to kill garda and kidnap his children

Jessica Magee

Published 03/06/2014|16:42

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A former drug addict will be sentenced later for threatening to shoot a garda and have his children kidnapped.

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A court heard that Stephen Devoy (33) was extremely drunk and had been bingeing on a cocktail of drink and drugs for days after selling his car for €700.

He had no recollection of making the threats to the garda who arrested him outside a Dublin city centre pub.

Devoy, of Leo Fitzgerald House, Dublin 2, pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Garda Sam Taylor on February 26, 2012.

Judge Desmond Hogan indicated that he would favour a non-custodial sentence and asked probation officers to assess whether Devoy might be suitable for community service.

Fergal Foley BL, prosecuting, told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the incident took place outside Ned's Pub on Townsend Street in the early hours of the morning.

Gda Taylor was called to the scene and saw a pub customer holding a man down on the ground with two knives nearby.

The customer asked gardaí to take over restraining the man on the ground, who was wearing a balaclava.

Gda Taylor handcuffed the man and took off his balaclava, revealing Devoy who reacted violently and said to Gda Taylor: “Yer ma sucks cock.”

He was arrested and when Gda Taylor checked on him in the garda station, he said: “I will have you shot and I'll also have your children kidnapped.”

Devoy was initially too drunk to be questioned but later made full admissions, although he said he couldn't remember the incident or having the knives.

Gda Taylor told the court that the threats made against him had caused him and his family great concern. A victim impact statement was handed to the court but not read out.

David Staunton BL, defending, said Devoy knew that his words had caused distress to Gda Taylor and his family and was deeply apologetic.

He wrote a letter of apology to the court.

The court heard Devoy had a drug habit since his teenage years but is now drug free and engaging with treatment services.

He intends to complete a course in advertising and graphic design and wants to get back into the workplace.

Devoy has 14 previous convictions, all dealt with in the District Court, including theft, public order offences and violent behaviour in a garda station.

Judge Desmond Hogan said Devoy is trying to get back on the “straight and narrow” and said he would like him to engage with the restorative justice process.

He remanded Devoy on bail for sentencing on October 10 and ordered a Probation Report to be prepared.

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