‘Death by cop’ man jailed over threats

A man who gardaí believe wanted “death by cop” has been jailed for a year for threatening to kill officers and detonate a bomb.

Gary Partridge, aged 29, claimed this was never his intention and insisted he was actually trying to get the attention of gardaí. He said he was annoyed that his report to gardaí, that there was a suspect device in his estate, had been ignored.

Detective Sergeant Eddie Carroll told Pieter Le Vert, prosecuting, one of the officers had to fire his own gun because he was concerned that Partridge was going to shoot him.

He said the incident lasted 45 minutes.

Partridge, who is now living in Gloucester, England, but previously of Greencastle Rd, Coolock, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of an air pistol on December 17, 2013. He has no previous convictions.

Ian Fitzharris, defending, told Judge Martin Nolan that his client had been told by a young nephew that he found a device outside a house in the estate a number of weeks previously and Partridge had enormous concerns about this.

“It was his way of getting attention and he believes he did it for a good reason because he was worried about the welfare of the residents,” Mr Fitzharris said.

Judge Nolan sentenced Partridge to five years in prison but suspended the final four years.


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