Man get six years for intimidating witness

An attempted murder convict who intimidated a woman who was to give evidence at his trial telling her if she takes the witness stand “she will be put in another box” has been given a six year sentence.

An attempted murder convict who intimidated a woman who was to give evidence at his trial telling her if she takes the witness stand “she will be put in another box” has been given a six year sentence.

Michael Brennan (aged 23) of Cromcastle Drive, Kilmore pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to intimidating Sarah Foran on May 5, 2006 at Cromcastle Road. He is currently serving a 10-year sentence imposed earlier this year for the attempted murder of Ms Foran’s partner.

Detective Garda Paul Darley told Mr Sean Guerin BL, prosecuting, that Ms Foran, whose partner James Egan was shot in the stomach in April 2006, was walking home from the shop when Brennan drove by her in his car.

“He pointed at her while he was on his mobile phone and they both exchanged words,” said Det Darley.

Ms Foran walked on and Brennan drove behind her and mounted the footpath shouting at her that he would “come up to her flat and pull the trigger at her head.”

Brennan, who has 65 previous convictions, admitted he was a drug addict at the time of the incident and has “little or no recollection” of events on the day.

Ms Foran said in her victim impact report that since the night her partner was shot in the stomach and the threat from Brennan her “life has fallen apart.”

She lost custody of her children and had turned to drugs to cope, Mr Guerin told the court.

Ms Sandra Frayne BL, defending, said that Brennan had been taking drugs since he was 15 years old and dropped out of school after he finished primary school.

Judge Katherine Delahunt said “intimidating a witness is a very serious offence.”

“It is important that anyone involved in a court situation should be free to give evidence,” she said when imposing the six-year sentence which was backdated to take into account time spent in custody on the charge.

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