Athy man threatened to burn woman and her children in their sleep

Defendant jailed after case heard at Naas District Court

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Athy man threatened to burn woman and her children in their sleep

The case was heard before Judge Desmond Zaidan

An Athy man was sentenced to 22 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to a number of charges, including theft, assault, public order matters and one under the Sexual Assault Act.

William Connors, 36, with an address listed as 11 Moat View, Athy, is on the sex offenders register and failed to inform the Gardai of a change of address.

He was also charged with the theft of a concrete mixer and a whacker plate from Ray Kelly Construction at Russeltown, Athy on a date unknown between September 6 and 7 last.

He also pleaded guilty to the theft of a piece of copper, worth €1,500 from S&Cs, Kilmead, Athy on September 14, 2017.

But the main charges he faced at Naas District Court last Thursday, April 12, related to a row he had with a sister-in-law of his and her sister on April 7, 2017, at an address at Ballytore, where he produced a slash hook and a machete.

One of the women received an injury as a result of the altercation. The court heard that he told the injured woman that he would “burn her and her children in their sleep”.

Aisling Murphy, representing the defendant, told Judge Desmond Zaidan that her client is a chronic heroin addict and had been since he was 18 years old.

She said that he was remorseful and that all of his 21 previous convictions stem from his previous convictions and that he made no gain from the theft.

Judge Zaidan sentenced the defendant to two consecutive 11-month sentences.