Ex-soldier was 'like a mad man' as he threatened his son's mother

Former soldier Jonathan McSherry made threats to kill .Photo: Collins Courts

Declan Brennan

A former soldier has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years for threatening to kill the mother of his child and her partner.

Jonathan McSherry (35) is already serving a prison term for a sustained assault on another ex-partner, who suffered fractures to her eyes, face and skull.

McSherry, of Monastery Gate Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin, yesterday pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to making threats to kill or cause serious harm to Nicola Nugent and Barry Horan at The Belgard Inn car park, Tallaght, on March 19, 2013.

The court heard that McSherry and his ex-partner Ms Nugent have a young son together. On the morning of March 19, McSherry contacted Ms Nugent and asked to meet in the car park of the pub to discuss an issue about their son.

She and her partner Mr Horan drove to the car park. McSherry was parked and he got out of his car and ran towards them.

McSherry began punching and kicking the victims' car "like a mad man", the court heard.

Garda Alan Young told Gerardine Small, prosecuting, that the victims saw something in McSherry's hand and believed it was a gun.

He shouted at Mr Horan: "You f**k with my son. You want a piece of me? I'm going to f**king plug you."


There were two other men present and Ms Nugent was begging them to get McSherry to stop. She also screamed at McSherry to stop and he told her: "You're dead. I'm going to kill you."

She fell to the ground and thought she was going to be killed, she told gardai later.

Judge Pauline Codd noted how the attack had left the victim suffering from sleeplessness and fear of McSherry.

She suspended the last two years of the sentence for two years on condition he keep the peace and receive anger management and addiction treatment.

Judge Codd said she was taking into consideration McSherry's guilty plea, his expressions of remorse and testimonials handed in on his behalf. She noted that he has actively engaged in treatment for his addiction issues.

Rebecca Smith, defending, said McSherry had a history of depression and drug addiction but had since turned his life around.

Last November, Judge Melanie Greally jailed McSherry for repeatedly punching and kicking another ex-partner in a sustained assault at Grange View Way, Clondalkin, on December 20, 2015.

Jessica Bowes begged for her life during the attack.

Judge Greally suspended the last year of a prison sentence of three-and-a-half years on condition that he remain alcohol free and that he attend a Probation Service group for men who engage in violence against women.

She also ordered him to refrain from having any contact with the victim. She backdated the sentence to March 2016.