Man jailed after pellet gun held to woman's head and shots fired in house 

Man jailed after pellet gun held to woman's head and shots fired in house 
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A gun was held to the side of a young woman’s head by her partner and he then discharged two shots in the house.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said at the sentencing hearing today at Cork Circuit Criminal Court that it was of no consolation to hear that it was a pellet gun. 

The judge said that anyone who knew anything about guns knew that a pellet gun discharged directly at someone could do an awful lot of damage.

A sentence of five years with the last 18 months suspended was imposed on Jason Collins of 1 Pinehurst, Clash Road, Little Island, County Cork, who pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the young woman, discharging a firearm and threatening to kill her on September 19 2018.

Detective Sergeant Kieran O’Sullivan said there was a disagreement at the house, Collins left and returned with a firearm, namely a pellet gun.

Collins, 32, made a number of threats to his partner and held the firearm to the side of her head. Two shots were fired through the back door.

Det. Sgt. O’Sullivan said the armed support unit and uniformed gardaí arrived at the scene and Collins climbed over a back wall. He was arrested and the pellet gun was later found 50 metres away.

The detective said Collins took issue with his partner calling her mother and the gardaí being called to the house on the night.

Defence barrister, Ray Boland, said unusually the defendant only got in trouble at the relatively late age of 30.

“Obviously, it is a very serious case. Thankfully no serious injuries arose out of it,” Mr Boland said.

Judge Ó Donnabháin said, “It is unusual – extremely unusual – for a man his age to go away and get a gun and come back and threaten her with it and then discharge the gun in the house. It is exceptionally worrying and indeed alarming.

“It take this as an extremely serious case, the idea that inside a domestic dwelling you would threaten with a gun and then discharge it.

“It stands out as abundantly clear that this man has significant problems, given the nature of the outburst.” 

The last 18 months of the five-year sentence was suspended on condition that he would not go near his partner for two years following his release, unless allowed by court order.

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