Man threatened to decapitate senior Limerick garda

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A BALLYSIMON man who threatened to shoot and decapitate a senior garda officer is facing the prospect of having to carry out 240 hours of community service.

A BALLYSIMON man who threatened to shoot and decapitate a senior garda officer is facing the prospect of having to carry out 240 hours of community service.

At Limerick Court, Aidan Power, aged 35, of Milltown, Ballysimon pleaded guilty to three charges of threatening to kill the high-ranking officer on May 23, 2011.

Sgt Donal Cronin said Power, who was previously convicted of threatening to kill two detectives, made the threats during a number of phone calls to Henry Street garda station.

He said Power did not identify himself during the phone calls which were made at 8.59am, 9.01am and 11.07am but that there was “little difficulty” identifying him.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told the defendant made the threats after he became aware that he was being investigated by gardai following an incident which occurred on the outskirts of the city that morning.

Earlier this month, Power pleaded guilty, at Limerick Circuit Court to stealing fuel from the Great Gas petrol station, Ballysimon Road on May 23, 2011 and to threatening the owner that he would “shoot him in the face” if he reported the theft to gardai.

A report from a clinical psychologist was submitted to the court and solicitor Chris Lynch said his client has a serious underlying condition which, he explained, is controllable provided he doesn’t mix his medication with alcohol.

Judge O’Kelly said he was considering imposing a 12-month prison sentence in the case.

However, because of Power’s medical difficulties he indicated he is willing to consider a community service order instead.

Judge O’Kelly adjourned sentencing in the case until December 5, next to facilitate an assessment of Power’s suitability to complete community service in lieu of the prison sentence.