Saturday 23 September 2017

Rape threat accused jailed for two years

The man who pleaded guilty to threatening to kill or seriously harm the sister of murdered Limerick man, Roy Collins, has been jailed for two years, with the final six months suspended, writes Claire O'Brien.

Judge Anthony Kennedy at Mullingar Circuit Court said that while Leanne Collins was particularly vulnerable because of her brother's tragic death, he did not believe Stephen O'Reilly (23), of Elmworth Court, Belhavel, Athlone, Co Westmeath, intended to carry out the threats.

O'Reilly had told Ms Collins on April 12 last year not to tell gardai after he chased her boyfriend to recover a small debt she owed him. She reported that he phoned her and threatened to rape her, slit her throat and shoot her, though O'Reilly denied the rape claim.

Irish Independent

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News