A MAN who admitted cocaine-dealing and shouting threats to kill a woman while he was outside her house with knives was jailed for 18 months.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin has imposed a sentence of three years with the last 18 months suspended on Jason Delaney at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
Judge Ó Donnabháin said, “This is a man who was in a delirium, incoherent with addiction in possession of all kinds of equipment and the danger to the public apparent.”
He admitted dealing cocaine and threatening to kill a woman in Ballyphehane on another occasion.
Jason Delaney of 22 Glen Hall, Blackpool, admitted two charges carrying a knife and one for threatening to kill Karen O’Flynn at Joe Murphy Road, Ballyphehane, Cork, on June 20 2018.
Detective Garda Ian Coughlan said the accused was seen carrying a large kitchen knife and a Stanley blade that night.
“The background is that the injured party is a cousin of (person) in an ongoing dispute with Mr Delaney’s family over years.
“On this night on June 20, the injured party was at home in her bed and she heard shouting and recognised Jason Delaney’s voice outside shouting,” Det. Garda Coughlan said.
Delaney was calling the woman names saying that she was on his turf.
“She was afraid he would come in and that she would be killed in front of her children,” Det. Garda Coughlan said.
The defendant was very volatile and he was later threatening towards to gardaí but he dropped the two knives.
The defendant claimed that someone was driving around that night saying he was a rat.
When interviewed by gardaí, Jason Delaney said, “I am ashamed. That is shocking. I cannot remember saying all that. I would never use a knife on anybody. I should not have been there. That is disgusting.”
Delaney agreed the woman was on the opposite side of a disputed but accepted that she would have been in fear as a result of his actions on the night, the detective said.
Delaney previously pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for the purpose of sale or supply to others on December 7 2017 at North Main Street, Cork.
He also admitted a charge of possessing cannabis at the same date and place.
Detective Sergeant Mike O’Halloran said Garda Pat Harrington and colleagues from the garda do unit observed a white Ford Mondeo travelling on to North Main Street in Cork city.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin remarked, “They were taking the dog for a walk.”
They decided to carry out a search under the Misuse of Drugs Act based on suspected drugs being in the car.
In the search they found €13,000 worth of cocaine.
Jason Delaney took responsibility for the cocaine.
“He refused to give an account of how he came to be in possession of it or what he intended to do with it,” Det. Sgt. O’Halloran said.
The 24-year-old had 42 previous convictions.
Dermot Sheehan BL said the accused was in treatment for addiction.
“He has been heavily dependent on drugs and was in full-blown drug addiction at that time,” Mr Sheehan said.