Monday 24 October 2016

Dumped boyfriend threatened to kill his teenage ex's stepdad

Eimear Cotter

Published 08/04/2016 | 11:20

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A young man threatened to kill the stepfather of his 15-year-old former girlfriend after she broke up with him because her family disapproved of the relationship.

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Andile Shange (21) went to the girl's home armed with a metal bar. When her stepfather opened the front door he threatened to kill him and bury his wife.

In a separate incident, Shange also smashed a wing mirror on the man's car with a hurley.

Judge David McHugh imposed an 11-month sentence but suspended it for two years. He said that if Shange even "looks sideways, to use an Irish phrase" at the family, he would consider it a breach of the suspended sentence.

The defendant admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a metal bar on April 8 last year.

Gda Martin Flood said Shange arrived at the victim's house holding an iron bar and said he would kill him and bury his wife.

It is also alleged that Shange threatened to "return with a gang and carry out the threats".

Gda Flood said the victim was in fear of Shange following the incident.

The defendant further admitted to damaging a wing mirror at the same address on March 26, 2015. In that incident, Gda Padraic Brennan said the victim was at home with a young child when he saw a man at the front door holding an hurley.

He went upstairs and saw Shange smash the wing mirror of his car, causing €70 worth of damage.


In a victim impact statement, the man said the incidents had affected him emotionally and left him feeling "sad and depressed".

He said he suffered sleepless nights as he "kept wondering why he had done this".

"I did nothing wrong, and for him to come to my house and frighten me with an iron bar, I felt I did nothing to deserve that," he said.

"I was always good to him and I never wished him bad."

A defence lawyer said there was "bad blood" between Shange and the victim, and Shange had been in a relationship with his stepdaughter.

A state solicitor told the court that the injured party did not approve of the relationship, because the girl was only 15 at the time.

He said the incidents were "not an act of malice in isolation" and the situation was resolved because the pair were no longer in a relationship.

The court heard Shange came to Ireland nine years ago and completed his Junior and Leaving Certs. He is unemployed but recently complete a course in digital media.

The lawyer said Shange - with an address at Rathmore Avenue, Tyrrelstown - had no reason to have any more dealings with the family.

Judge McHugh said the threats were "absolutely horrendous stuff".


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