Jailed after threat to cut off man's head

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

A WARRENPOINT man who threatened to cut another man's head off has been jailed for four months.
Barry Peter Martin of Rossmara Park appeared before Newry Magistrates' Court on Wednesday charged with making threats to kill.
The court heard that on May 25, the injured party made a statement to police saying one week earlier he had received a text message saying: "If you don't get out of those flats; me, Fathead and the boys will kill you. It will be a slow and painful death and if you tell anyone I will shoot you, you b*****d."
Police then arrested the 36-year-old and while being taken into custody he told police: "When I get out I will cut his f***ing head off."
Martin later denied sending the texts and said he couldn't remember making the comment to police.
Prosecution told the court the injured party had fled his home in fear as a result of the incident.
Defence said Martin had breached a suspended sentence but had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, and that he had already spent over five weeks in prison since his arrest.
“Mr Martin unfairly believed the injured party had some involvement in the death of his brother who died of an overdose and was found by the defendant," defence said.
The court heard that alcohol was "the root" of Martin's problems and that he has been attending AA while in Maghaberry to address the issue.
District Judge Eamonn King said Martin had been handed down a suspended sentence last year for the same offence, involving the same injured party.
Judge King said it was clear all options had been exhausted, adding: "When he abuses alcohol he becomes a risk to the community and is 'an aggressive person' according to the pre-sentence report."
Martin was sentenced to four months' imprisonment and was ordered to pay an offender levy of 25.

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