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Friday 15 December 2017

Teenager threatened to kill garda and rape his wife

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A teenager has been jailed for a month after threatening to break into a garda's house and murder him in his bed.

Kevin O'Kelly (19) also threatened to rape the garda's wife, Blanchardstown District Court was told.

O'Kelly, of Sheephill Avenue, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty to threatening and abusive behaviour on November 29 last year.

Garda David Shorthouse said gardai were on routine patrol at 5pm when O'Kelly started shouting at them near the shops in Corduff.

He said they followed him to Sheephill Avenue, where he continued shouting at them.

Gda Shorthouse said O'Kelly then told his colleague, "I'm going to ride your wife. Actually, I'm going to rape her".

He also threatened to break into the garda's house and murder him in his bed.

Anger

Valerie Buckley, defending, said O'Kelly had issues with anger management but had no previous convictions.

She said her client, who is due to begin an apprenticeship as a plasterer, was a young man who was trying to stay out of trouble.

O'Kelly lived at home with his family and had their support, she said.

He also had a girlfriend, who his mother believed was a calming influence on him.

Ms Buckley told the court that O'Kelly now realises the seriousness of his behaviour and the threats he made to the garda.

Imposing a one-month sentence, Judge David McHugh described the incident as a "pretty vicious attack".

He said O'Kelly's behaviour was at the top end of the public order scale.

O'Kelly immediately appealed the sentence.

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