Grandfather avoids jail over samurai sword attack
A grandfather who went after his sister-in-law with a samurai sword and a kitchen knife has been given a three-year suspended sentence.
James Cash (59), of Sheep- hill Avenue, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of producing a weapon at Corduff Avenue, Blanchardstown, on November 30, 2015.
Cash was under the influence of alcohol and tablets when he knocked on Pamela Creighton's door and tried to attack her with a sword and a knife.
Sgt Louise Guerin told prosecuting counsel Lisa Dempsey that Ms Creighton and her husband, Bernard, were preparing to go to bed in their granny flat at the rear of their daughter's home at around 1am when they heard a knock on the door.
Ms Creighton assumed it was her daughter and opened the door only to find her brother-in-law standing outside with a sword and a knife.
A struggle ensued, with Mr Creighton wresting the weapons out of Cash's hands. He then chased Cash into the garden and gardai were called.
Defence counsel Mark Lynam said Cash, who has three children and eight grandchildren, was separated from his wife at the time of the offence and was abusing alcohol and tablets.
He also suffered from a number of health issues.
"He was in an agitated state and the whole thing was a bit of a blur," Mr Lynam said.
Cash was remorseful for his actions, and has since reconciled with his wife and "cleaned up his act" with regards to alcohol, the court heard.
Judge Melanie Greally noted that Mr Creighton had indicated a preference that Cash not be sent to prison.
The judge said the offence had happened in the context of inter-familial tension and Cash being in a state of "considerable intoxication".
She imposed a three-year sentence, suspended in full on condition that Cash engage with the Probation Service and continue to abstain from alcohol.