Threatened to burn down house

A 35 year old man who put a knife to his ex-partner’s throat and threatened to burn down her home with whoever was in it, was given a nine month suspended sentence at Dundalk district court last week.

A 35 year old man who put a knife to his ex-partner’s throat and threatened to burn down her home with whoever was in it, was given a nine month suspended sentence at Dundalk district court last week.

Martin O’Hare with an address at Oaklawns, Dundalk was charged with a number of offences arising out of the incident on April 22nd 2012 - including assault causing harm and threatening to kill or cause serious harm.

The original court hearing was told the accused was described as having ‘flipped’ when he attacked his ex-partner causing her bruising.

He held a knife to her throat, put his hands around her neck and threatened to burn the house with whoever was in it. The court heard he went on to self-harm by slashing his arms and chest.

Judge Flann Brennan was told the accused had a previous conviction for drink driving and being intoxicated in a public place, but there had been no further incidents since.

Testimonials from a parish priest and a counselling service were handed into the court. The case was adjourned on an on-going basis to allow the accused to get counselling and to attend the Probation Service. Last Wednesday, the court heard he had complied with all their requirements.

The solicitor said his client is very keen to move on with his life and remain sober.

Judge Brennan imposed a nine month sentence but suspended it on the accused entering a bond to be of good behaviour for nine months.