Saturday 22 October 2016

Man with conviction for attempted murder spotted chasing people armed with knives

Fiona Ferguson

Published 14/07/2016 | 15:38

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A man with a conviction for attempted murder was spotted by gardai chasing a group of people while armed with knives.

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Michael Brennan (29) chased the group to a parked car and appeared to be attempting to open the door or stab the car when gardaí ordered him to drop the knives.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the incident had arisen out of a family dispute and that Brennan was suffering a relapse into drug addiction at the time.

Brennan of Almayne Park South, Balgriffin, Dublin pleaded guilty to possession of a knife at Cromcastle Drive, Kilmore on January 7, 2016.

He has 67 previous convictions including attempted murder, intimidation of a witness and threats to kill. He was released in May 2015 from the ten year attempted murder sentence imposed in 2007.

Judge Melanie Greally originally heard evidence in the case last May and ordered a probation report after hearing Brennan was attempting to rehabilitate himself.

Today defence counsel, Sandra Frayne BL, told the court that Brennan had spent most of his adult life in prison and previously had been released without any support structures in place

She said the probation report was positive and but noted he was at high risk of re-offending due to his previous record and drug addiction.

Judge Greally noted there were loose ends which needed to be addressed to maximise his chances of not lapsing into offending behaviour on release and remanded Brennan in continuing custody until October 11th for sentence. She said his capacity for “extreme violence” was of concern.

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