Sunday 22 April 2018

Man who told garda he'd be 'shot like his mate in Dundalk' jailed for 18 months

Garda Adrian Donohoe. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson
Garda Adrian Donohoe. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Alison O'Riordan

A father-of-three who told a garda he would have him shot like his deceased colleague Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, has been jailed for 18 months.

John Joyce (24) of St Donagh's Road, Donaghmede, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin's Circuit Criminal Court to threatening to kill Garda Adrian Cahill on November 27 2013. He has 78 previous convictions.

Garda Stephen Harte said the threat was made against Gda Cahill, when they were on patrol and they got a call about a man acting suspiciously in Donabate.

The gardai then tried to search Joyce and another man but Joyce refused and was arrested.

He was put in the back of the patrol car and became physically aggressive towards Gda Cahill, shouting at him that he would attack his wife and also have him "shot like his mate in Dundalk."

Gda Cahill took these threats very seriously. His ex-colleague Det Gda Donohoe was fatally gunned down while on escort duty at Bellurgan, Jenkinstown, Louth in January 2013 by an armed gang of five people.

"I will get you when you are not working and will shoot you. I have more guns than you," Joyce also shouted at the garda.

Ms Fiona Murphy BL, defending, said her client became very indignant when arrested.

"He was very angry and frustrated at the time. Mr Joyce acted appallingly and criminally but it was borne out of frustration. No efforts were made by Joyce since then in following the garda," she said.

Ms Murphy said her client wished to offer a full apology and he accepted he was in the wrong to threaten a garda.

"He never had any intention of carrying out the threat. He is acutely aware of the pain he has caused. He accepts it was an appalling choice of words,” she said.

Judge Patrick McCartan said Gda Cahill was left in a situation where he had to be mindful of his own security.

"This arises out of anger on the part of the accused as Gda Cahill and his colleague were doing their job. If Mr Joyce had explained to the garda what he was doing, matters could have been resolved there and then," he said.

The judge said instead Joyce lost his temper and threatened a garda in "no uncertain terms, in a nasty way by making reference to a member of An Garda Siochana who lost his life in the same year."

He said Joyce's attitude was based on his "utter disregard" for members of the force.

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