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Saturday 16 December 2017

Brother's axe threat to chop up his sister

A man who threatened to
A man who threatened to "chop up" his sister and any family member that "gets in my way" because of a dispute over the sale of their family home has been sentenced to four years

A man who threatened to "chop up" his sister and any family member that "gets in my way" because of a dispute over the sale of their family home has been sentenced to four years.

Darran O'Brien (35) rang his niece looking for her mother Patricia Dunne and threatened to "chop her [Patricia's] hand off so she won't be able to drink another pint". He said he was coming to the woman's home for "her blood" and if anyone got in his way he would "chop them all up".

O'Brien said he didn't care if the woman's grandchildren were there and that he didn't know when he was coming over but he would "surprise them".

He then texted Patricia Dunne and said: "Me fighting with my wife and kids over you. I am out for your blood, you f***er…. I'll do poxy jail for you… you be prepared."

O'Brien later arrived at Ms Dunne's home with an axe but was stopped by another daughter. That same evening he threatened to kill any garda who came into his home after his partner called officers.

O'Brien was armed with a hammer and a knife at the time.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that O'Brien had been affected by both the proposed sale of his mother's home and the recent death of his brother.

O'Brien, of Hillview Estate, Ballinteer, Dublin, pleaded guilty to threatening to kill his sister and production of an axe at Cushlawn Park, Tallaght, on May 31, 2014. He also admitted threatening to kill gardai. O'Brien has 67 previous convictions.

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Judge Martin Nolan said the dispute arose out of the family's plan to sell the home in which O'Brien, his partner and children had been living.

Judge Nolan sentenced him to four years in prison and suspended the last 18 months on strict conditions.

Ms Dunne that she was left scared and frightened and was a nervous wreck from her brother's behaviour.

She said she couldn't forgive him for threatening her grandchildren.

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