Death threat case collapses

A CASE involving an alleged death threat collapsed at Kilkenny Circuit Court on Friday after the prosecution told the court that they were entering a nolle prosequi, (intention not to proceed with the prosecution) because the evidence in court against the defendant, Pat Dreeling, was materially inconsistent with that given in the statement made to gardai by the main witness, James Brennan.

A CASE involving an alleged death threat collapsed at Kilkenny Circuit Court on Friday after the prosecution told the court that they were entering a nolle prosequi, (intention not to proceed with the prosecution) because the evidence in court against the defendant, Pat Dreeling, was materially inconsistent with that given in the statement made to gardai by the main witness, James Brennan.

A jury of seven men and five women were discharged by Judge Alice Doyle after four days of evidence. It had been alleged that Patrick Dreeling who has an address at The Swan, Co Laois and formerly of 58 Oakhill, Castlecomer had threatened to kill James Brennan at Clara on March 28, 2007. Brennan is a 29-year-old mechanic, who is originally from Loon in Castlecomer.

Barrister Frank Quirke outlined that a stolen car ring had been operating in 2006 and 2007 involving vehicles, usually from the North of Ireland. “They had been tampered with and altered and it was then intended to recirculate them,” he said adding that Padraig O’Dowd and Charlie Quinn were involved in the operation.

“James Brennan was suspected by gardai and it merited investigation. It was in the covering up of the investigation that it was alleged that the threat was made by Dreeling because of a perceived reluctance by James Brennan to go along with the suggestion,” he said.

For full report see this week’s Kilkenny People.