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Saturday 10 December 2016

Man told partner in front of their daughter (2): "I would stab you and I'm going down to stab your da"

O'Driscoll pleaded guilty to threatening to kill or cause serious harm to the victim
O'Driscoll pleaded guilty to threatening to kill or cause serious harm to the victim

A father-of-four who threatened to stab his ex-partner and her father has been jailed for nine months.

James O'Driscoll (44) made the threats to the woman following an earlier assault in which he called to her workplace and gave her "two boxes to the face".

Sentencing him at Dublin District Court, Judge Michael Walsh described O'Driscoll as a "violent individual".

O'Driscoll pleaded guilty to threatening to kill or cause serious harm to the victim.

He also admitted breaching a protection order she had taken out against him and making another threat to her that he would kill or cause serious harm to her father.

The offences happened at St Laurence O'Toole Place on April 16 last.

The court heard the defendant stated in the presence of the victim's two-year-old daughter: "I have to stay away from you because if I saw you I would stab you and I'm going down to stab your da."

The court was told the victim had four children with the accused but had a "very troubled relationship" with him.

Verbal

O'Driscoll further admitted assaulting her at Sheriff Street Lower on January 16.

In the assault, O'Driscoll went to the victim's workplace at 12.50pm. There was a verbal confrontation between them and he gave her "two boxes into the face", a garda sergeant said.

"She stated to gardai she was afraid of him at all times, and that she would be seriously hurt," he added.

O'Driscoll, from Champion's Avenue, Sean McDermott Street, and the victim had been in a relationship for 14 years.

"It is clear to me that this is quite a violent individual," Judge Walsh said. "It is clear to me that this was a horrible, nasty attack and no doubt has had appalling consequences."

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