Jail for ‘chop up’ threat

A man who threatened to “chop up” his sister and any member of her family 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, aged 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 anybody got in his way he would “chop them all up”.

O’Brien said he did not care if the woman’s grandchildren were there and that 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 fucker…. 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 going in by another daughter.

That same evening he threatened to kill any garda who came into his home after his partner called officers to come to the house because she was concerned for O’Brien’s welfare.

O’Brien was armed with a hammer and a knife at the time and gardaí called in a specialist Garda negotiator.

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. It was the first anniversary of that man’s death yesterday.

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.

Judge Martin Nolan suspended the last 18 months on strict conditions.

Ms Dunne stated in a victim impact report that she was left scared and frightened by the incident.

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