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Dad's threat to kill son with sewer rod

A FATHER who ran after his teenage son with a sewer rod threatening to kill him has been sentenced to four months in jail.

The man, who is in his 40s, also threatened to set his dogs on gardai when they tried to arrest him.

A court heard the man put his son in an incredible amount of fear, and he no longer has any contact with him.

Sentencing the man to four months in prison, a judge said he had shown an unbelievable amount of violence in the past.

The defendant admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to threatening to kill his son, contrary to Section 5 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997.

He also admitted to possession of a weapon for use in the course of a dispute.

The incident took place near the boy's home in north Dublin around 11pm on October 30 last year.

Garda Ciaran Geraghty said the man threatened to kill his son, and waved a sewer rod at him, following an incident at his home.

The garda said he spoke to the defendant following the incident, but was unable to arrest him, as he had two large dogs and he threatened to set them on him.

The court heard the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has a large number of previous convictions, many for assault and criminal damage.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said the man has offered his sincere apologies to his son and he knows he put him in an incredible amount of fear.

He said that in the defendant's own mind he thought his son was being done out of money by another individual, and he reacted badly to this.

Mr Fleming said the defendant, who is now single and on the dole, has battled a drug addiction for over 20 years.

The court heard the defendant no longer has any contact with his children.

Judge Patrick McMahon sentenced him to four months in prison.