Limerick man jailed for death threat

A Limerick man who threatened to kill a woman, just hours after his brother was murdered in the city's notorious feud, has been jailed for eight months.

A Limerick man who threatened to kill a woman, just hours after his brother was murdered in the city's notorious feud, has been jailed for eight months.

Paul Crawford, 33, O'Malley Park, Limerick, shouted: "My brother Noel is dead, ye are all dead too," just hours after his older brother was shot dead outside the family home on December 18 last.

Today at Limerick District Court, the 33-year-old, pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening to kill Elizabeth Sparling in O'Malley Park on December 18 last, and to a second charge of threatening to cause criminal damage on the same date.

In his evidence to the court, Det Garda Dave Burke recalled how he heard Mr Crawford making the threats to the injured party, while gardaí were investigating the scene of another shooting in O'Malley Park on the morning of Noel Crawford's murder.

Pointing to three different houses Paul Crawford shouted: "That will be done tonight, children and all. That one as well, that one too," the court heard.

Defence solicitor Ted McCarthy told the court that his client "was in a state of shock" on the morning in question as his brother had just been murdered.

He said there had been a number of other events leading up to Noel Crawford's murder including the shooting of five-year-old Jordon Crawford, his client's nephew, and another shooting at the Crawford family home in O'Malley Park.

"He (Paul Crawford) was angry with the world in general," said Mr McCarthy.

The solicitor said his client was subjected to taunts on the morning of his brother's murder and that he "vented his frustration" on Ms Sparling who was not part of these taunts, but who "was in the wrong place at the wrong time".

Mr McCarthy told the court that Ms Sparling had given evidence at a previous bail hearing that she was no longer in fear of Mr Crawford.

He said his client had been custody since his arrest on December 18th last and that it had been "extremely difficult" for him given he had missed his brother's funeral and had not been able to see his children over Christmas which was a "particularly traumatic period" for the Crawford family.

Judge Tom O'Donnell described the threats made by Mr Crawford as very serious and added that they were made at a time when tensions were running high.

Judge O'Donnell said he had to take into account that the Crawford family had suffered a terrible loss but he described Paul Crawford's reaction as "over the top and completely uncalled for".

The Judge added that gardaí were concerned that a serious offence would be committed.

Judge O'Donnell jailed Mr Crawford - who has a number of previous convictions - for eight months on both charges and ordered that the sentences be served concurrently.

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