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Dublin man with 'serious history of violence' made death threats to garda

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Leroy Dumbrell
Leroy Dumbrell

A Dublin man with a "history of very serious violence" who stamped on a man and threatened to kill a garda will be sentenced next week.

Leroy Dumbrell, also known as Leroy Roche, (29) of Carriglea Gardens, Dun Laoghaire pleaded guilty to one count of violent disorder on November 27, 2013.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today that Dumbrell was one of a group of men who took part in the assault of another man on a street in Ballymun, Dublin in the middle of the afternoon.

A number of children witnessed the assault, during which Dumbrell stamped on the victim's leg as he lay prone on the ground, the court heard. The assault was captured on CCTV footage and the men were identified by gardai.

Dumbrell's co-accused received sentences of three-and-a-half years and two-and-a-half years respectively.

The court heard that Dumbrell was repeatedly jailed for breaching his bail conditions, which included a curfew of between 7pm and 7am.

On the night of May 5, 2015, gardai called to Dumbrell's home and found he was not there, in breach of his bail conditions.

Detective Garda Ronan McMorrow then telephoned Dumbrell to inform him he was in danger of having his bail revoked.

Gerardine Small BL prosecuting said that Dumbrell told Det Gda McMorrow: "You bring me back to court and you'll regret it. Mark my words you c***. I'll come after you one way or another".

Dumbrell went on to identify the colour and model of Det Gda McMorrow's personal car and said: "I'll f***ing find out about you".

"Bring plenty of men and fire power if you're coming for me, as you'll need it," Dumbrell told the officer, the court heard.

When two other gardai later called at Dumbrell's door, he told them Det Gda McMorrow would "need a body bag".

Ms Small said Dumbrell had no reason to know what kind of car Detective Garda McMorrow drove and that the detective was in fear for his personal safety as a result of the threats.

The court heard Dumbrell has dozens of previous convictions, including for an incident in which a woman was set on fire and a brawl at Mountjoy Prison in which 16 prisoners were injured.

"There's a history of very serious violence," Judge Karen O'Connor noted before she adjourned the case until April 28, next.

Isabel Hayes