Sentencing adjourned of sheep farmer who threatened to kill gardaí

Tralee Courthouse3A Kerry sheep farmer charged with possessing a fire arm and threatening to kill or harm two gardaí has been remanded on continuing bail for sentencing. 47-year-old John Joe Kissane of Eirk, Muckross, Killarney, admits two separate counts of possessing a Winchester .270 rifle and a shotgun with intent to kill or cause serious harm to Kenmare Gardaí, Denis O’Brien and Sean O’Regan. The charges relate to an incident on his farm near Molls Gap on January 16th, 2015. Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard gardaí had initially responded to a report of dangerous driving at Moll’s Gap. When they arrived at the scene they persuaded Mr Kissane to allow them take him home. He told gardaí he was on his own in the house. Then they got a call from Sergeant Derek Fleming saying there was a minor in the house and arrangements were made with the child’s mother to collect him. Mr Kissane became agitated and produced a gun when Garda O’Brien entered the house telling him, ‘you’re not so brave now.’ Both gardaí and another colleague who had come to their assistance were forced to flee the scene through fields and waited for backup to arrive. The armed Garda Regional Response Unit was called to the scene and after five hours of negotiations, Mr Kissane surrendered. Judge Tom O’Donnell adjourned judgement to the June 16th sitting of Tralee Circuit Criminal Court.