Man avoids jail for meat cleaver at­tack on garda

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Brion Hoban

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.

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