Man threatened to ‘cut-off’ dog’s head after break-up

David Hurley

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David Hurley

A MAN who stole his ex girlfriend’s dog and threatened to “cut off its head” if she didn’t speak to him was ordered to stay away from the Montpelier, O’Briens Bridge and Newport areas.

A MAN who stole his ex girlfriend’s dog and threatened to “cut off its head” if she didn’t speak to him was ordered to stay away from the Montpelier, O’Briens Bridge and Newport areas.

Conor O’Sullivan, aged 35, of Islandmore, Clonkeen, Killarney pleaded guilty to stealing the dog from the woman’s home on February 25 last and to harassing his former partner over a three month period earlier this year.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of trespassing at the home of his former girlfriend.

Insp Seamus Ruane, Henry Street, told Limerick Court the defendant entered the back garden of the woman’s home in the Montpelier area at around 5.30am on February 12, last and stole the black and white border-collie whose name is “Izzy”.

He said the defendant had been in a relationship with the woman for a number of years but that it had ended a number of weeks before the incident “at the behest of the defendant”.

Insp Ruane said there had been a number of “particularly nasty type incidents,” prior to the theft of the dog and he said O’Sullivan had “commenced phoning and texting” the injured party following the break-up.

“The intervention of the gardai seems to have brought the defendant to his senses,” said Insp Ruane who told the court O’Sullivan contacted the injured party after he stole her dog.

“He threatened that he would cut off the dog’s head if she didn’t speak to him” he said.

Solicitor John Herbert disputed this allegation saying: “to the best of my knowledge that was not done, there was no threat.”

Mr Herbert agreed the incident was bizarre and he said his client had been under a lot of pressure around the time of the offences.

“He wasn’t able for it [the break-up]. It was serious and it should never have happened,” he said adding that his response to the break-up was juvenile.

The court was told, O’Sullivan, who has no previous convictions, had co-operated with gardai and that he had made admissions following his arrest.

He added that there was “an ownership issue” in relation to the dog as it had been given to his ex-girlfriend by members of his client’s family.

After being informed that the defendant has not come to garda attention in recent momnths Judge Eugene O’Kelly said he was willing to adjourn the case for review in six months time.

Adjourning the case until May 2013, he said the defendant would “have to conduct himself appropriately” in the meantime.

However, the judge said bail conditions which were previously imposed - banning O’Sullivan from entering the Montpelier, O’Briens Bridge and Newport areas - would have to remain in place until the next court date.