Thursday 19 April 2018

Man gets suspended sentence for threatening to kill his partner and their child

Conor Gallagher

A MAN who threatened to kill his former partner and their child because he was not allowed access to the infant has been given a suspended sentence.

Wesley Mooney pulled what looked like a gun out of a sock and pointed it at his partner Kim Murphy, asking her did she want him “to put the three of us asleep together?”

Mooney was also sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for acting as a lookout during the robbery of a bookmakers in Glasnevin.

Mooney (27), of Abbotstown Drive, Finglas, pleaded guilty to threatening to kill or cause harm to Ms Murphy at her home in Wood Avens, Clondalkin, on December 28, 2008. He also pleaded guilty to robbery of Terry Rogers Bookmakers on Glasnevin Avenue on August 24, 2010. He was on bail when he committed this offence.

Judge Patricia Ryan sentenced him to a total of six years for both offences but suspended it in full on strict conditions.

The relationship between Mooney and Ms Murphy had broken up four months when he arrived at her home banging on the door and her younger brother let him in.

Ms Murphy was at the top of the stairs holding their 14-month child when Murphy approached her and pulled a realistic imitation gun from a sock.

Sergeant Ernie Henderson told Colm O Briain BL, prosecuting, that Ms Murphy was terrified and believed Mooney was going to kill them all.

“She attempted to be nice to him as he appeared agitated and he told her: ‘What else would you expect because you won’t let me see the child,” said Sgt Henderson.

Ms Murphy’s brother alerted gardai who arrived and found Mooney sitting at the kitchen table with Ms Murphy and their child.

“He became agitated when we started to search him and we found what looked like a black gun and a balaclava in his coat pocket,” said Sgt Henderson.

The firearm was tested at the Ballistics Department where it was found to be a black toy cap gun.

“To the untrained eye it looked like a real gun,” said Sgt Henderson.

When Mooney was arrested he initially denied the charge and said he had consumed a large amount of drink and his memory of events was not coherent.

Marie Torrens BL, defending, said that since the incident Mooney and Ms Murphy have begun seeing each other again.

Sgt Henderson agreed with Ms Torrens that in her Victim Impact Report, Ms Murphy reported that she has not suffered any long-term effects.

“They are still in a relationship and Ms Murphy is now expecting her second child with him,” said Ms Torrens.

“He had a number of problems in 2008 and on the day he had taken drink and drugs and Ms Murphy had said she had never seen him in such a state before,” said Ms Torrens.

During the robbery incident, Mooney’s co-accused entered the bookmakers and threatened the cashiers with a piece of wood he had broken off the doorframe. They handed over €400 while Mooney kept watch outside.

Both men fled but were caught shortly afterwards after CCTV was shown on the Crimecall television show. Gardai arrested Mooney after an anonymous tip and he made a full confession.

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