Saturday 21 July 2018

'I'll f***ing find out about you' - Man who threatened to kill garda and stamped on man sentenced to seven years

Leroy Dumbrell
Leroy Dumbrell

Isabel Hayes and Sonya McLean

A man with a “history of very serious violence” who stamped on a man and threatened to kill a garda has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Leroy Dumbrell, also known as Leroy Roche, (29) of Carriglea Gardens, Dun Laoghaire pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of violent disorder on November 27, 2013.

He also pleaded guilty to threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Detective Garda Ronan McMorrow on May 5, 2015.

The court heard Dumbrell was repeatedly jailed for breaching his bail conditions, which included a curfew of between 7pm and 7am.

Det Gda McMorrow phoned Dumbrell on May 5, 2015 to advise him he was in danger of breaching his bail conditions after gardaí called to his home and found he was not there.

Dumbrell told the detective “You bring me back to court and you'll regret it. Mark my words you c***” and “I'll come after you one way or another”.

Dumbrell went on to identify the colour and model of Det Gda McMorrow's personal car and said, “I'll f***ing find out about you”.

“Bring plenty of men and fire power if you're coming for me, as you'll need it,” Dumbrell told the officer, the court heard.

When two other gardaí later called at Dumbrell's door, he told them Det Gda McMorrow would “need a body bag”.

Gerardine Small BL prosecuting said Dumbrell had no reason to know what kind of car Det Gda McMorrow drove and that the detective was in fear for his personal safety as a result of the threats.

Judge Karen O'Connor sentenced Dumbrell to three years for the violent disorder and a four year consecutive term for the threat to Det Gda McMorrow. She suspended the final year on the condition that Dumbrell engage with the Probation Service for 12 months and be of good behaviour for two years.

She said the threats issued to Det Gda McMorrow were aggressive with “sinister elements”.

“The fact he had personal details can only be regarded as having a menacing element designed to put him in maximum fear and make him believe the threats would be carried out.”

Judge O'Connor said Dumbrell had a history of “serious offending” but accepted that he had young children and a very supportive girlfriend. She noted his attempts to rehabilitate and that he had been training to become a fitness instructor.

Ms Small said that Dumbrell was one of a group of men who took part in the assault of another man on a street in Ballymun, Dublin in the middle of the afternoon.

A number of children witnessed the assault, during which Dumbrell stamped on the victim's leg as he lay prone on the ground. The assault was captured on CCTV footage and the men were identified by gardaí.

Dumbrell's co-accused received sentences of three-and-a-half years and two-and-a-half years respectively.

The court heard Dumbrell had dozens of previous convictions, including for an incident in which a woman was set on fire and a brawl at Mountjoy Prison in which 16 prisoners were injured.

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