Limerick man threatened to ‘bury hatchet’ in heads of gardai

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Judge Tom O'Donnell said the incident was "agressive, violent and unprovoked"
A YOUNG man who threatened to “bury a hatchet” in the heads of two gardai during an incident at his home says he’s looking to put his criminal past behind him.

A YOUNG man who threatened to “bury a hatchet” in the heads of two gardai during an incident at his home says he’s looking to put his criminal past behind him.

Thomas Cawley, aged 26, of Mona Terrace, Clare Street pleaded guilty to making the threats against Garda Laura Egan and Garda Dermot Cummins on January 14, 2014.

During a sentencing hearing, Sergeant Derek Deloughrey said the incident happened at around 10am when the two gardai stopped the defendant while on patrol near his home.

He said Mr Cawley, who has more than 140 previous convictions, told gardai to “go f*** yourselves” when they stopped him and asked him his name.

The defendant then ran into his home and when the two gardai went to the front door, he lunged at them with a kitchen knife after threatening to stab them in the heart.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told that while the two gardai were not injured they felt there was a “real and imminent threat”.

Sgt Deloughrey after being ordered to drop the knife, Mr Cawley then threatened to “bury a hatchet in both your heads” shortly before he re-appeared at an upstairs window and “made a gesture he was about to throw something”.

The two gardai then retreated and requested the assistance of members of the armed regional response unit.

Following his arrest some time later, the defendant said he had taken around 15 Xanax tablets, which cause him to “do stupid things”.

Addressing the court, he said it was a “moment of madness” and hat he is trying to address the problems in his life.

He said in the past he had nothing to do when he was released from prison but that he recently became a father and that he now “just wants to look forward to his future with my fiancé anc child”.

Urging the court not to impose a custodial sentence, Mr Cawley said he has “turned a new leaf” in his life and that he is done with his past.

Judge Tom O’Donnell adjourned the matter until February 12 next, when he will impose sentence.