Limerick inmate threatened to kill prison officer

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

AN inmate of Limerick Prison who threatened to stab a prison officer last year has been sentenced to a nine-month term at Limerick District Court.

AN inmate of Limerick Prison who threatened to stab a prison officer last year has been sentenced to a nine-month term at Limerick District Court.

This is to run concurrently with a sentence 28-year-old Christopher McCormack is already serving for his role in an extortion racket that targeted Southill businessman Mark Heffernan in 2010.

McCormack, with an address at McNamara Terrace, Wolfe Tone Street, pleaded guilty to threatening to kill prison officer Terry Fahy at the Mulgrave Street jail on May 3, 2010.

Inspector Derek Smart told Judge Eamon O’Brien that at around 4.15pm on that date, McCormack had approached the prison officer, telling him: “I’m going to f**king stab you, screw”.

The threat was witnessed by another prison officer and the incident was reported to gardai.

McCormack’s solicitor John Devane said his client had apologised to Mr Fahy on the same day the threat was made.

“It was not a very nice thing to say,” Judge O’Brien said.

“No judge, but I’m told that you would have had to have been on the landing on the day in question to understand,” Mr Devane replied.

He went on to explain that McCormack had been attacked by a number of others in the prison earlier that day and had to be pulled away by prison officers.

“It was not something that he brought onto himself. He is trying to keep his head down and trying to see out his time and hopes he can continue his life away from Limerick city.”

McCormack was one of a number of men convicted for violent disorder earlier this year at the Special Criminal Court in relation to an incident in Garryowen on February 17, 2010 and connected to the extortion racket.

When he was sentenced in April, McCormack gave an undertaking that he would stay away from his former criminal associates, telling the that court he planned to move out of Limerick once his sentence had been completed.

Judge O’Brien was told that McCormack, who has 36 previous convictions, is due for release 10 months from now.

The judge sentenced him to nine months in prison for threatening to kill the prison officer, to be served concurrently with the sentence he is already seeing out.