A Co Offaly man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill three men he blamed for the drowning of his son after the State entered a nulle prosequi on the original charge of soliciting a man to murder another man.
Eamon Tuohy, of Derrycooley, Rahan, Co Offaly, pleaded guilty to making a threat to Inspector Aiden Boyle at Rahan, Tullamore, Co Offaly, on October 3, 2006 to kill Noel Kidney, Joe Gallagher Jnr and Frankie Kenna, intending the other to believe it would be carried out.
It had been the State’s case that Mr Tuohy blamed a number of people for the drowning of his son, including Joe Gallagher Junior, and had solicited David Coleman to murder Joe Gallagher Junior in Navan, Co Meath on a date unknown between June 1 and September 30, 2004.
David Coleman told the court that Mr Tuohy met him in Brady’s pub in Navan, Co Meath some time during the summer of 2006 and asked him to “sort out” Joe Gallagher Junior.
“He talked about his son being murdered. He was nearly in tears. He said if you could help me to get somebody to go down, I don’t care if he gets broken up or in a wheelchair or shot.”
Today, the State dropped the solicitation charge after Mr Justice Barry White had expressed views as to how he thought the trial should proceed and that the prosecution should receive direction from the DPP.
The additional charge was added to the indictment and the State entered a nulle prosequi on the original charge.
Mr Tuohy pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of making a threat to Inspector Boyle to kill the three men.
Mr Justice White told the jury that Mr Tuohy’s son had died in circumstances investigated by gardaí and was “not satisfied with the garda enquiry”.
Mr Justice White said it was “readily understandable how a man who lost his son could be emotionally-charged”.
Mr Tuohy was remanded on bail until December 5 for sentencing.