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A young Fethard on Sea cou­ple were be­fore Gorey District Court last week charged with break­ing into their neigh­bour’s house and threat­en­ing to ‘gut’ the whole fam­ily, in­clud­ing three chil­dren aged from three to six, with an axe.

John Mur­phy (25) and Kim Gor­don (23) both of 77 Hook­less Vil­lage, House­land, Fethard on Sea, were brought be­fore the court in garda cus­tody. Mur­phy was charged with ag­gra­vated bur­glary, threat­en­ing to kill or cause harm, as­sault and crim­i­nal dam­age at 82 Hook­less Vil­lage on Novem­ber 6.

He was also charged with crim­i­nal dam­age to a car be­long­ing to a Cathri­ona Mol­loy at Fethard on Sea on Novem­ber 5. Gor­don was charged with threat­en­ing to kill or cause harm and ag­gra­vated bur­glary aris­ing from the same in­ci­dent on Novem­ber 6.

In out­lin­ing the al­leged facts, Garda Barry from New Ross Garda Sta­tion said that Gor­don kicked in the front door of a house be­long­ing to Lav­ina Power and her part­ner Ja­son Byrne. Gor­don, who was in pos­ses­sion of an axe, pro­ceeded to pin Ms Power against the fridge, threat­en­ing to slit her throat.

It was also al­leged that Mur­phy fol­lowed his part­ner into the house and struck Mr Byrne on the arms and body with the axe sev­eral times and threat­ened to ‘stick it in his head’. Garda Barry al­leged that Mur­phy sat Mr Byrne and Ms Power’s chil­dren, aged 3, 5 and 6, on the couch and ‘threat­ened to gut them when he came back that night’.

As a re­sult of the se­ri­ous­ness of the of­fence and dan­ger of in­ter­fer­ing with wit­nesses or re-of­fend­ing, Garda Barry said he was ob­ject­ing to bail for both Mur­phy and Gor­don. He said that this in­ci­dent was ‘the cul­mi­na­tion of weeks of threats’.

Tak­ing Mur­phy’s case first, Garda Barry said that he had 97 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, 77 of which were com­mit­ted while on bail. He said that Mur­phy was a chronic user of syn­thetic cannabis, known on the street as Bon­sai.

So­lic­i­tor Ed King asked Garda Barry if his client had given an ex­pla­na­tion for his pres­ence at 82 Hook­less Vil­lage that day and he replied that Mur­phy had en­tered the prop­erty af­ter his girl­friend - Kim Gor­don. Mr King pointed out that Mur­phy had only one con­vic­tion for fail­ure to ap­pear and that there were no DPP di­rec­tions so it was too early to de­ter­mine what kind of penalty the case could carry. Judge Haughton opted to refuse bail and re­mand the de­fen­dant in cus­tody to ap­pear in Wex­ford on Novem­ber 14.

Sim­i­larly, Garda Barry ob­jected to bail in Gor­don’s case as a re­sult of the se­ri­ous­ness, the like­li­hood that she would in­ter­fere with wit­nesses and the fact that she lives very close to the vic­tims. Garda Barry said that Gor­don had ad­mit­ted kick­ing in the door and scream­ing and shout­ing at Ms Power and said that while in cus­tody she re­ferred to the fam­ily as ‘rat scum­bags’.

Mr King asked if it was fair to say that there was a his­tory of an­i­mos­ity be­tween Gor­don and Lev­ina Power, to which he replied yes. He also said that Gor­don could take up res­i­dence with her par­ents in Wex­ford town, away from the vic­tims and she was called to give ev­i­dence to this ef­fect.

‘I told them what hap­pened,’ Gor­don said from the stand. ‘Lev­ina Power told me to sleep with one eye open and I saw red and sprinted across to her.’ When Mr King asked her if she had threat­ened to ‘gut’ Ms Power’s chil­dren, she said she had not and that she ‘didn’t touch her’. Gor­don said that she would be will­ing to obey any bail con­di­tions and could live with her par­ents in Cool­cotts, Wex­ford.

When ques­tioned by In­spec­tor Mark Fo­ley, Gor­don said that her par­ents could not be in court that day as they were work­ing. ‘So, we won’t know if you are in your par­ents house or not be­cause there will be no­body in the house when they’re work­ing.’ he as­serted.

When asked of the an­i­mos­ity be­tween her­self and Ms Power, Gor­don replied: She’d been threat­en­ing me for weeks with two men I’ve his­tory with.’ How­ever, when the In­spec­tor asked if she had threat­ened and put Ms Power in fear, she said she had.

‘I’m sat­is­fied that there’s a risk the wit­nesses in the case would be in­ter­fered with,’ said Judge Haughton, be­fore re­mand­ing the de­fen­dant in cus­tody to ap­pear in Wex­ford on Novem­ber 14, the same day as her part­ner and co-ac­cused.

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