Wednesday 25 April 2018

Leroy Dumbrell warned he would put garda 'in a body bag', court told

Leroy Dumbrell
Leroy Dumbrell

A man "linked to an organised crime gang" who allegedly threatened to kill a garda as well as a witness in a murder case warned officers to "bring plenty of fire power if you're coming for me", a court has heard.

Leroy Dumbrell, also referred to as Leroy Roche, from Emmet Road in Inchicore, appeared before a sitting of Cloverhill District Court where he was making an application for bail.

Dumbrell is accused of making a threat to kill or seriously harm a named woman, as well as threatening to kill or seriously harm a member of An Garda Siochana. Both incidents are alleged to have happened in May of this year.

Garda John Altendorf objected to bail due to the seriousness of the alleged offence and fears of witness interference. He also described Dumbrell as a man linked to "organised crime gangs".

Another garda, who was the subject of the alleged threat, gave evidence. He told the court that Dumbrell contacted him by telephone at Ballymun Garda Station on May 5 at approximately 11.40pm.

The accused made contact with the garda over bail conditions set in relation to a separate charge.

The garda said that he told Dumbrell that he (Dumbrell) was not present at his home when officers called earlier that day, and informed him that "this was an alleged breech of curfew".

"He said he was home the whole night and had witnesses.

"I was present at my office in Ballymun Garda Station with my colleague and put Dumbrell on loudspeaker due to his aggressive nature," the garda told the court.

It is claimed Dumbrell told the garda "mark my words you c**t, I'd rather have a bullet in my head than go back to court. Don't do this again (garda's first name), I have nothing against you for this but I'm telling you I'll come after you. I'll get you one way or another. Bring fire power if you're coming for me because you'll need it".


Giving evidence, a garda stationed at Kilmainham Garda Station told the court that when they visited Dumbrell in relation to his alleged threats against the garda, he told the officers he would put the garda "in a body bag".

On a separate charge of threatening to kill or cause serious harm, Garda Lorcan Tighe objected to bail due to the seriousness of the alleged offence.

It is alleged that Dumbrell called a named woman a "fat rat" and told her "you would be got" during the alleged incident on 5 May, 2015, on Emmet Road, Inchicore. Giving evidence, the alleged victim told the court that if Dumbrell was granted bail she "would be dead".

"I wouldn't feel safe at all, you might as well put my name on a coffin if he was to come out I'm dead, so if you let him out my life is in fear and something is going to happen," she told the court.

Dumbrell is denying all charges. The judge refused bail and remanded Dumbrell in custody, for trial on October 16.


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