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Man escapes jail term for death threat to journalist

A man has been given a six-month suspended sentence for sending a vile death threat to a senior journalist with the Sunday World newspaper.

Dublin District Court heard that Simon Murphy (26) sent a message to news editor Niall Donald via social media.

The threat stated: "Mr Donald. I'm going to personally make it my business to find you this week, I am going to rip your head clean off your shoulders and send it to your family, so I advise you to say your goodbyes before this week is out.


"And trust me when I say I am going to find you and I am going to kill you. I know where you live and I also know where your family live, so one way or another I'm going to find you this week. See you soon."

Simon Murphy, with an address at Haggard, Ramsgrange, Co Wexford, is already serving a sentence for using an imitation gun as a weapon during an armed robbery at a post office. He faced a count under Section Five of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.