Man avoids jail for meat cleaver attack on garda
A MAN who swung a meat cleaver at a garda and threatened to kill another officer has been given a suspended sentence.
The court heard the incident unfolded after Daniel Sweeney, 28, had tried to flee on a bike from gardaí, who had received reports of a disturbance in Croftwood Gardens, Cherry Orchard, Ballyfermot, Dublin.
Garda Peter Smith said he pursued Sweeney on foot alongside another officer. Sweeney attempted to mount a curb and fell off the bike over the handlebars.
Sweeney’s jacket then fell from his arms revealing a meat cleaver. He swung at Garda Smith, missing him by inches. The two gardaí produced their batons and subdued Sweeney.
While being brought to the station, Sweeney made threats aimed at the other garda. ‘You’re dead, wait and see, I’ll get you,’ he shouted.
Sweeney, of Croftwood Gardens, admitted threatening to kill, intoxication in a public place and producing a meat cleaver after fleeing from gardaí on June 5, 2016. Judge Karen O’Connor sentenced him to twoand-a-half years, fully suspended, at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.