Tralee court hears how man threatened to drive mother’s teeth down her throat

A man who stole €200 from his mother and threatened to drive her teeth down her throat in a public car park in mid-Kerry has received a three-year prison sentence from the Circuit Court. Gavel 2 Judge Tom O’Donnell told 24 year-old Jason Coffey of 7 Hillview Drive, Abbeyfeale to stay away from his mother’s home and said it had been a very frightening experience for the victim. Tralee Circuit Criminal Court was told that the accused accompanied his mother in her car when she went to collect her social welfare payments in Killorglin on January 23rd, 2014. When she had done so, Jason Coffey demanded €200 in cash from his mother at the Fair Field Car Park and threatened to drive her teeth down her throat. The incident was captured on CCTV. The man’s sister, who was also present, handed over the money and the accused departed for Abbeyfeale by bus. Judge Tom O’Donnell said the facts of the case were extremely tragic given that the victim in the case was Jason Coffey’s mother. He noted that the accused had a myriad of 51 previous convictions including theft, assault and two breaches of barring orders – he is currently in custody for a separate offence. He added that the victim was an easy target for the accused. Judge O’Donnell sentenced Mr Coffey to three years in jail, with one year suspended provided he keep the peace for three years and stay away from his mother’s home for the duration of the suspended sentence.