Garda 'receives death threats before being told house would be burned down'

Limerick Circuit Court (Image via Google Maps)
Limerick Circuit Court (Image via Google Maps)

A detective garda received kill threats in the wake of a raid on the dwelling of an accused, a court has heard.

Darren O'Halloran, 31, has pleaded not guilty at Limerick Circuit Court to charges of making death threats to detective garda Pat Whelan, along with further charges of threatening to set the garda's house on fire.

Prosecutor John O'Sullivan told the jury of the allegation that detective garda Whelan was part of a garda troop that went to the accused's address at Aurea Cottage, Dublin Road, Limerick, on March 29, 2015.

On April 2, 2015, garda Whelan put a call that came into Henry Street garda station, Limerick, on loudspeaker, according to the Irish Examiner.

Mr O’Sullivan stated the allegation that the accused was the caller, who identified himself to garda Whelan before saying: "Look, Pat, we'll do no more crime if ye back off me and Aaron."

Mr O'Halloran became aggressive when garda Whelan made it obvious he would not accede to this request.

The prosecution's case is that the accused went on to state: "I will kill ye, you c**t, with your big yellow house and I will burn it to the ground.

"Don't be coming to my house in the middle of the night."

The prosecutor said that a garda who was also listening to the call took notes of the accused's remarks.

The trial continues this morning.