Patrick Carver, aged 44, of Bettyville, Kanturk, Co Cork, faced sentencing yesterday at Cork Circuit Criminal Court for harassing his wife, Nora Carver, in November 2015, and for related charges.
The charge was of harassment by persistently pestering or communicating with Mrs Carver by any means including by use of the phone.
Sinead Behan, defending, said yesterday: “This is a deeply sad situation. Mr Carver behaved abominably. He said he made threats in the heat of the moment. He did not mean it. He accepts the threats were very frightening for his wife and children.
“He wishes to express his heartfelt remorse for the words used. There was a background of marital breakdown.
“The period of time was highly charged from an emotional point of view. He made threats and regrets them.
“He did not follow through on anything. It was a month of madness in the context of a 21-year marriage. It is something confined to the awfulness of a family break-up.”
Judge Gerard O’Brien said: “People can have 10 seconds of madness which can ruin lives. A month of madness is a very long time.”
The judge said he would prefer to see background reports on the accused before finalising the case.
Sentencing was adjourned until February 17.
Garda Marie Casey outlined the background to the case, which involved the accused making a whole series of phonecalls to Mrs Carver.
Gda Casey said one of the more sinister aspects of the case occurred on November 21, 2015, when he told Mrs Carver to go to the undertaker and order a coffin.
“He said he would finish it and no matter where she would go he would find her and kill her,” said Gda Casey.