Dad of two jailed over death threats to gardai
A MAN who threatened to kill two gardai has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Engaged father-of-two Jamie Casey (29), who has 53 previous convictions including five relating to assaults on gardai, will serve three years in jail.
Judge Carroll Moran suspended the remaining two years on condition that Casey, of Balloonagh Estate, Tralee, Co Kerry, remains bound to the peace for five years.
Casey was convicted by a 10-to-two majority of threatening to kill or seriously harm Garda Patrick Naughton at Tralee garda station on August 18, 2010. He was also convicted of making the same threat to Garda Donal Daly at Tralee courthouse on October 13, 2010. The jury found him not guilty of a similar offence against Garda Nigel Whelton.
Following his conviction on February 26, the State objected to bail over "serious concerns" for the safety of gardai.
In 2006, Casey was convicted for biting a garda on the arm. In 2002 he was convicted for his part in the assault of two gardai. In 2000 he was convicted of assaulting three gardai in the course of his arrest for driving a stolen car. He also has previous convictions for robbery, drugs related offences, public order and road traffic offences.
Defending, Brian McInerney said his client now accepted he acted badly but had a difficulty with substance abuse.
"He bears them (Gda Naughton and Gda Daly) no ill will whatsoever going forward," he said.
Judge Moran said the threats had been made in a very insidious manner, that he would "get them" when they were off duty, in a context in which their families might be involved, too.
The court heard Gda Naughton had moved from his rented home and took different routes to and from work following the threat.