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'I'll put put a bullet in his head,' teen thug inmate warns jail boss

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Teen thug left voicemail threat. File photo
Teen thug left voicemail threat. File photo

Investigators traced a chilling death-threat left on a Portlaoise Prison assistant governor’s voicemail back to a 16-year-old being held at Oberstown Detention Centre.

In the message left on the Governor’s home phone voice-mail the imprisoned youth threatened him with ’15 rounds’ and warned him he was going to “put a bullet in his head”.

Details of the shocking threats emerged this week after the youth was charged before Portlaoise District Court.

Det. Garda Gerard Gawley told the court how, on April 16 this year the youth left the voicemail on the private phone of the Assistant Governor of Portlaoise Prison.

Portlaoise is Ireland’s only maximum security prison.

It houses major gangland criminals and terrorists.

Death threats to staff are uncommon but when they are received are treated with the utmost seriousness by gardaí

After being alerted by the Governor when he discovered the message, investigators traced the call back to the residence in Oberstown where the youth was staying at the time.

The youth, who cannot be named due to his age, spent one night in the custody of Oberstown Detention Centre for young people.

“I didn’t like it,” he told the court.

“I spent the night thinking about what I had done and keeping me head down and stop getting into trouble.”

His social worker said the youth had been in state care since he was an infant but the Child and Family Agency were “challenged to keep him safe now.”

“He has escaped custody numerous times and has twice been the centre of national public media appeals,” she said.

She said placements with different grandparents had also broken down and she added the residential house where the youth is currently staying may not be in a position to care for him due to his challenging behaviour.

Judge Catherine Staines ordered a full report from the Child and Family agency before adjourning the case.