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Family members of teen sliced open in a machete attack reject apology over death threats

Pair who made death threats to family on Facebook are ordered by judge to say sorry after court hearing


David Grambsy has rejected the apology

David Grambsy has rejected the apology

David Grambsy has rejected the apology

Family members of a teenager sliced open in a machete attack have rejected an apology from two men who made death threats against them on social media.

David 'Gramsey' Joyce and his son Christopher this week told the Sunday World they do not believe an apology offered to them by 50-year-old Bernard Joyce and 27-year-old John Joyce is genuine.

"They've only offered that apology because they were told to offer it as a condition of staying out of prison," said Gramsy, who is recovering from cancer of the throat.

Last week, both Bernard Joyce and John Joyce, with addresses in Blackberry Lane, Athlone were each given five-year suspended sentences at Mullingar Circuit Criminal Court for the online death threats.

The threats were issued a month before armed men wielding machetes burst into Gramsey's home in Lisnaskea, Fermanagh and sliced open the back of teenager Geraldine Maughan as she used her body to shield her 11-month old godson from the attackers.

Bernard Joyce was convicted of threatening to kill David 'Gramsey' Joyce at Jim's Field, in Co. Westmeath, on October 16, 2019, while charges of possession of a weapon and breach of the peace were taken into consideration.


Geraldine with baby John Joyce

Geraldine with baby John Joyce

Geraldine with baby John Joyce


John Joyce was convicted of threatening to kill or cause serious harm to both David Joyce and Christy Joyce at the same location on the same date.

Both were ordered to enter into a probation bond, not to post any further videos relating to the feud, post an apology video to David and Christy and donate €2,000 each to the St Vincent De Paul in Athlone.

In the apology video, which has been seen by the Sunday World, Bernard Joyce says: "This is Bernard Joyce here in Athlone.

"I was on remand for the last 11 days in Cloverhill Prison.

"I was in court today … me and me son Johnny. And as one of the conditions to stay out of prison, the judge said we have to make a video to Gramsey (David) and to apologise to Gramsey and Christy.

"So Gramsey I'm taking that judge's word and I'm going to do that. Gramsey, I apologise to you and your son Christy.

"Me and my son Johnny had no intentions whatsoever of following out the threats we made towards you and your family. I did say Gramsey that I was going to kill you and your sons.


Bernard and John Joyce

Bernard and John Joyce

Bernard and John Joyce

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"Gramsey, I heard your victim impact statement … you and Christy's and I want to reassure you Gramsey that you need not be afraid to go to bed at night. And Christy, you said you had to leave your home and go to a different house because you're afraid to live in your home.

"Christy, I'm your granduncle and I want to reassure you that you can go back down and live with your daddy and mommy and me and my son are sorry for the threats we says to you and we will never ever go down to your place Christy.

"I apologise and I'm very, very sorry.

"The fear you have of me and my son … I want you to get that fear out of your body. God bless and mind yourselves."

Speaking with the Sunday World this week, GramseyJoyce said: "I don't accept Bernard Joyce's or Johnny Joyce's apology.


"They wouldn't have apologised in the first place only that the judge told them to apologise. I don't accept their apology."

Gramsey continued that he wanted to thank gardai in the Republic for doing their job but said he now wants the PSNI to prosecute the men who came into his house in Fermanagh and attacked his family with a machete.

"There was a grandson of mine here in the house and they [the men responsible]tried to kill him only for a little girl [his aunt Geraldine] jumped on him and saved his little life. And she got over 300 stitches in the back.

"It's coming up to the day of Christmas. It's over a year since this happened. All I want is for justice for my little niece."

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