Monday 14 October 2019

Falsely imprisoned and threatened to kill his girlfriend

A CO. WEXFORD truck driver falsely imprisoned his student girlfriend and threatened to kill her during a fit of "rage and jealously", the District Court was told in Waterford, last week.

Liam Clince (28) of Killanne, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, fell "head over heels" in love with the girl but got involved in a heated argument with her over certain " social exploits" the previous week.

While in an emotional state and driving along a quayside he threatened to put both of them "at the bottom of the river", the court heard.

He pleaded guilty to threatening to kill WIT student Margaret Birmingham on two occasions at Ballycraddock, Dunhill, Co. Waterford, and at Kennedy Quay, in Cork, and falsely imprisoning her at Smoormor, Co. Waterford, on November 8, 2010.

The DPP indicated summary disposal of the case in the District Court on a guilty plea only.

The court was told by Inspector Anthony Lonergan that the defendant collected Ms. Margaret Birmingham at a pub in Fenor, near Tramore in Co. Waterford, at approx 8.30 pm on the evening of November 8, 2010. He brought her to Ballycraddock, Dunhill where he stopped-up in a lane and pulled her out and pushed her against the car. Then he got a wheel brace and banged it against the vehicle.

The woman ran up the lane but he followed and caught her and brought her back to the car and they drove towards Dungarvan and then onto Cork.

During the ordeal which lasted several hours she fell asleep in the car and woke up to see a sign indicating the Port of Cork.

As the car travelled along the quay the defendant told her that he would put both of them "at the bottom of the river".

But following a phone conversation with his mother he brought Ms. Birmingham home. The defendant had no previous convictions.

Solicitor Ken Cunningham, defending, said the incidents on the evening in question arose out of " affairs of the heart" that went terribly wrong.

At that time he was under enormous financial stress.

Judge David Kennedy said it must have been a very frightening experience for the lady and he would like to hear from her in order to get some kind of indication as to how this incident had affected her.

The case was adjourned to Waterford District Court on January 24 next.