Mur­derer who threat­ened bar­ris­ter jailed

Lawyer had makeshift knife held to her throat as killer tried to es­cape cus­tody

The Irish Times - - Home News - FIONA FER­GU­SON

A con­victed mur­derer who held a “shiv” of jagged Per­spex to his fe­male bar­ris­ter’s throat and threat­ened to kill her in an at­tempt to es­cape cus­tody has been given an eight-year sen­tence.

Seán Ducque (34), who was due to go on trial for mur­der the fol­low­ing week, had hid­den the improvised weapon down his trousers and at­tempted to use his bar­ris­ter as lever­age to es­cape from a cell in a court­house.

“Let me out of the f***ing cell now or I am go­ing to kill her,” Ducque told prison of­fi­cers, adding “I am fac­ing life any­way.”

A vi­o­lent strug­gle with three prison of­fi­cers and two gar­daí fol­lowed be­fore Ducque was re­strained.

Ducque, formerly of Cloon­lara Cres­cent, Fin­glas, Dublin, who has 44 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, was sub­se­quently con­victed of mur­der last July and is cur­rently serv­ing a life sen­tence.

Yes­ter­day’s sen­tence is con­sec­u­tive to a five-year term he is cur­rently serv­ing for assault with in­tent to com­mit un­law­ful seizure of a taxi, im­posed in May 2016.

Ducque pleaded guilty to as­sault­ing the vic­tim, falsely im­pris­on­ing her and mak­ing a threat to kill her in a cell at a Dis­trict Court in Dublin on June 8th, 2017.

Ducque also pleaded guilty at Dublin Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court to as­sault­ing three prison of­fi­cers caus­ing them harm and at­tempt­ing to es­cape from law­ful cus­tody on the same oc­ca­sion.

‘Ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal’

Judge Me­lanie Gre­ally said Ducque had sub­jected the in­jured party to “an ut­terly ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal” and noted that as well as the phys­i­cal at­tack, the “overt threat to kill” had caused huge trauma.

She com­mended the woman for her im­mense brav­ery in de­scrib­ing the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects the at­tack had on her in her vic­tim im­pact state­ment. She noted that the two of the prison of­fi­cers sus­tained in­juries and they all suf­fered “stress, trauma and anx­i­ety” as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent.

The judge noted Ducque’s con­vic­tions and said it was clear he was some­one who was ca­pa­ble of ex­treme vi­o­lence in many man­i­fes­ta­tions. She took into ac­count his guilty plea and ad­mis­sions.


She im­posed con­cur­rent sen­tences to­talling eight years to be served con­sec­u­tive to his cur­rent term.

The woman’s vic­tim im­pact state­ment said it had been her dream to work as a bar­ris­ter but the in­ci­dent has had a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on her per­son­ally

‘‘ I am scared to be near peo­ple and ter­ri­fied to be alone

and pro­fes­sion­ally.

She said she had never known fear like that day and be­lieved that she could die.

She said she had suf­fered panic at­tacks, night­mares and peo­ple touch­ing her could cause her to jump. “I am scared to be near peo­ple and ter­ri­fied to be alone,” she said.

The woman said she had treated Ducque in a pro­fes­sional ca­pac­ity “with kind­ness, re­spect and hu­mil­ity” but he had not re­turned the favour.

She de­scribed how she was afraid some­thing like this could hap­pen again but said she fights ev­ery day for her re­cov­ery.

Luigi Rea, defending, said Ducque had no per­sonal an­i­mos­ity to­wards his vic­tim and had at­tempted to use her as lever­age to es­cape.

He said Ducque had de­luded him­self into think­ing he could some­how en­gi­neer his es­cape.

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