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A school principal has told of his shock at receiving a death threat in the post, and of his concern for his pupils.

Peter Creedon, principal of St Aidan's Primary School in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, said he found a card containing a death threat when opening the post on December 20, 2017.

"My main worry immediately was for the pupils in the school under my care," he said in a victim impact statement read into Wexford Circuit Criminal Court.

Adam Kinsella (21), of Ballinastraw, Glenbrien, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, was before Judge Cormac Quinn.

Kinsella had pleaded guilty at a previous court to a threat to kill or to cause serious harm to Peter Creedon, his staff and pupils. He had also pleaded guilty to another threat to kill James Lambert and family on December 29, 2017, at Clonmore Upper, Glenbrien, Enniscorthy.

The defendant was a former pupil of the school, and was subsequently rearrested and fully co-operated, the court heard. He said he had been bullied at the school.

He also admitted sending the letters to James Lambert and his family because Mr Lambert had accused him of doing something which he did not do.

In his victim impact statement, Mr Creedon added: "I immediately reported the matter to gardaĆ­, reviewed our school security.

"The board of management decided not to alert parents so close to Christmas as not to cause unnecessary worry for them over the holiday period or prevent them from returning their children to school after the break."

Judge Quinn said he would put sentencing back to April 11 to allow for a probation and welfare report, also a report from St John of God Hospital along with a psychological report.

Irish Independent