Tuesday 16 January 2018

Man made threat to kill woman because of drug debt

Sonya McLean

A man threatened to kill a woman and put her in the boot of his car as she collected her son from school. A court heard the threats were made by Thomas McConnell (28) over a drug debt that has since been settled.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Louise Sheridan in Ballymun on August 23, 2011.

McConnell, of Dunemer Rise, Lusk, had initially denied the charge and other similar offences but pleaded guilty following a four-day trial last month.

He is also due to be sentenced in March for a second charge of having the head shop drug 'snow blow' for sale or supply at his home on October 12, 2010. He was on bail for this offence when he threatened Ms Sheridan.

The court heard that the drugs were found during a garda search of McConnell's house and had an estimated street value of €16,164.

McConnell has 82 previous convictions which include criminal damage, road traffic and possession of firearms.

Garda Brian Fahy told the court Ms Sheridan noticed McConnell's car outside her son's school when she collected the child that day so she took the long route home to avoid him. When she and her son got to their house McConnell was sitting in a car outside. He asked her where a man she knew was.

When she said she didn't know, McConnell started screaming: "Louise I will f***ing killing you, do you not understand that?"

Gda Fahy said McConnell then got out of the vehicle and opened the boot showing Ms Sheridan a steel pole and a hammer before he said to her: "I will put you in the boot of the car."

He then drove off after telling her: "I'll be back." Gda Fahy said Ms Sheridan felt so threatened she later moved house.

Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned both cases to March.

Irish Independent

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