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Gang rapist who made arson threat to be freed

Barry Duggan

Published 22/02/2013|04:00

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A NOTORIOUS gang rapist will be freed from prison this weekend after completing a jail term for his latest crime.

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Thomas O'Neill (pictured) was sentenced to 18 months for threatening to burn the home of the sister of Euromillions winner Dolores McNamara.

O'Neill (24), with an address at 94 The Meadows, Murroe, Co Limerick, threatened Jennifer McCarthy in Limerick that he would burn her mother, Deirdre O'Donovan, out of her home on July 25, 2011.

He was sentenced in Limerick Circuit Criminal Court last month but had been locked up since January 12, 2012.

With remission for good behaviour, the criminal will be freed this weekend.

O'Neill, who has 36 previous convictions dating back to when he was 13, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he led a five-man gang rape of a woman in Cratloe Woods, Co Clare, in 2004.

Regarding his last conviction, Jennifer McCarthy was at home in Limerick when O'Neill and an accomplice, Dean Hehir (26), pulled up outside in a BMW.

Ms McCarthy, who was minding her children at the time, said she could hear O'Neill shouting: "I'm going to burn your mother out of it."

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