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Guilty plea Wexford man (60) jailed for threatening to shoot CAB officer

Moorehouse rang a detective sergeant in CAB in Dublin and told him "you will die roaring" and made further threats against the female CAB Revenue Officer.

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A 60-year-old man who threatened to shoot a Criminal Asset Bureau (CAB) officer during an investigation has been sentenced to two years in prison with the final year suspended.

Andrew Moorehouse, of 1 Drumgoold Villas, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, came before Judge Cormac Quinn at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court on Tuesday having pleaded guilty to two charges of threatening a CAB official on May 31, 2019, at the agency's Harcourt Square premises in Dublin. He also pleaded guilty to threatening a CAB official on July 11, 2019.

Prosecuting Counsel, Ms Sinead Gleeson told the court of CAB officers investigating organised crime locally, in which they targeted one criminal group across the district.

She said he told one CAB officer he would shoot her and the other that he would 'die roaring'.

The Criminal Assets Bureau had been investigating the assets of a criminal gang in the south-east since 2016, and as part of that investigation they served a tax bill on the proceeds of crime to Moorehouse.

CAB served notices on the defendant in relation to estimated arrears in income tax with the final demand in the region of €210,000. Only €12,000 had been paid when a Revenue Officer rang Moorehouse in May 2019.

The following month, CAB officers raided Moorehouse's home and seized trailers, cars, and a mobile phone.

A month later, Moorehouse rang a detective sergeant in CAB in Dublin and told him "you will die roaring" and made further threats against the female CAB Revenue Officer.

Det. O'Farrell said the defendant was contacted on mobile phone, when he became very hostile, with the defendant saying, "the next time they come down here I will get the gun out and shoot them."

He said a search warrant was obtained in relation to 1 Drumgoold Villas. On visiting the house, the Sheriff was present at the time. The defendant was generally co-operative during the search but no gun was found.

Defence Counsel, Mark Murphy said Moorehouse was a married man, a father and grandfather with limited schooling. He apologised for his behaviour with, he said, no firearm being found.

He further added that Moorehouse might have been under the influence of alcohol and that the call to the Revenue Officer occurred shortly after the death of his sister.

Judge Quinn described it as a serious offence with serious threats and serious intimidation being shown towards the investigating officers.

He sentenced Moorehouse to two years in prison on each of the two charges, to run concurrently, with one year suspended. The defendant, entered a bond of €200 to keep the peace for one year on his release.

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