County Cork farmer jailed after threatening his family with an axe

There had been a safety order in place arising out of previous concerns of domestic violence and the parties are not identified because of this.
County Cork farmer jailed after threatening his family with an axe

WHEN a Co Cork farmer terrorised his own family with a long axe, they had to lock themselves into a bedroom until they were rescued by the armed support unit. Picture: iStock

WHEN a Co Cork farmer terrorised his own family with a long axe, they had to lock themselves into a bedroom until they were rescued by the armed support unit.

Now the accused man has been sentenced to two years and nine months’ imprisonment, with the final year suspended, by Judge Helen Boyle at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

There had been a safety order in place arising out of previous concerns of domestic violence and the parties are not identified because of this.

The incident that gave rise to the case occurred on February 12 when the defendant’s sister and parents had to lock themselves in a room to avoid him after he picked up 2ft-long axe.

When gardaí arrived in response to the call for assistance, the accused man shouted: 

“Get off my fucking property or I will kill you. Come here and I will finish this.”

The armed support unit secured the family members who were hiding out and they got them out of the house to safety.

At the height of the incident, he swiped a knife in the direction of his sister and damaged his parents’ house.

The accused had consumed a large amount of alcohol and prescription medication.

The investigating garda said that the victims were afraid to make victim-impact statements and are still in fear of the accused man.

“You have anger issues when drunk. It is an understatement that alcohol does not suit you.

“Unless you address this, you will continue to come before the courts,” Judge Boyle said.

The judge noted from background reports that the accused was fine when sober and that his parents would accept him back in the house if he addressed his difficulties.

Judge Boyle said to the accused: “There is some minimisation of what you did, particularly on the impact on your family. Insight is minimal.

“You don’t take personal responsibility when drunk.

“It would appear you have a long way to go to see the impact of your actions on your family,” she said.

“You are now in custody due to your actions.

“You allowed alcohol to get the better of you.

“You won’t live a long life if you continue to drink the way you are going. You are found to be a high-risk category for reoffending.”

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