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Drug dealer jailed after telling mum: 'I'll kill you'

A MAN who admitted he threatened to kill a woman and put her in the boot of his car as she collected her son from school has been given eight years in consecutive sentences.

Thomas McConnell (27) made the threats over a drug debt that has since been settled, the court heard.

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.

Judge Patricia Ryan sentenced him to six years, with three suspended, for the offence

He was also sentenced to two years for a second charge of having the head shop drug 'Snow Blow' for sale or supply at his home on October 12, 2010.

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.

 

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The drug was criminalised prior to the offence and he was on bail on this count when he threatened Ms Sheridan.

Judge Ryan backdated the two-year sentence giving him a credit of 14 months for time already spent in custody.

McConnell has 82 previous convictions, which include criminal damage, road traffic offences and possession of firearms. Garda Brian Fahy told Colm O'Briain, prosecuting, that Ms Sheridan had noticed McConnell's car outside her son's school when she collected the child that day and deliberately took the long route home to avoid him.

When she and her son got to their house she saw McConnell sitting in a car outside and he asked her where a man she knew was.

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

He 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".

McConnell then drove off after telling Ms Sheridan: "I'll be back later."

McConnell was arrested but maintained his right to silence during garda interview.

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