Sunday 24 September 2017

Man who threatened to kill estranged wife given three year suspended sentence

Declan Brennan

A MAN who threatened to kill his estranged wife an "uncountable" amount of times has been given a three year suspended sentence and ordered to stay away from the woman for ten years.

Charles O’ Neill (49), of Prospect Hill, Finglas Road pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to harassing Barbara O’ Neill between April 4, 2010 and August 1, 2010.

The court heard Mrs O’ Neill said: “the amount of times he’s threatened to kill me is uncountable”.

At a previous sentence hearing the court heard that Mrs O’ Neill was at a friend’s house when O’Neill called her and said he was going to shoot her.

He was later shouting abuse outside the house.

On August 1, 2010 Mrs O’ Neill contacted him and he said he was going to burn her car.

She did not hear from him from then on.

O’ Neill was extremely agitated when arrested on August 10, 2010.

He said he planned on killing himself and denied threatening his wife.

He was subsequently charged and pleaded guilty on March 28 last.

In a victim impact statement read to the court Mrs O’ Neill said she was terrified her husband would harm her or himself.

The court heard O’ Neill has 27 previous convictions including a four-year sentence on July 20, 2007 for threatening to kill or cause serious harm.

James Dwyer BL said that his client was an “inherently decent individual who had a drug problem.”

In mitigation Mr Dwyer told the court O’ Neill has been in custody since October 13, 2010 and his wife, who was not in court, has forgiven him.

Judge Tony Hunt noted that one of the recommendations of a Probation Service report was that O’Neill attends an anger management course.

The judge ordered O’Neill not to go within 100 metres of his estranged wife’s home or place of work and not to communicate with her by any means for ten years unless she consented to it.

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