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Delay in threats case to allow time for psychiatric report

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

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A judge has delayed the sentence of a Torrington man who threatened to kill a housemate to allow more time for a psychiatric report.

Darren O’Regan, aged 21, was due to be sentenced at Exeter Crown Court over an incident in which he threatened to kill a fellow resident in supported housing in Tiverton.

O’Regan, has already admitted making threats to kill at a previous hearing but Recorder Mr Simon Levene said he should not be sentenced without an up to date report from doctors treating him in Barnstaple.

He was bailed to live with his mother at an address in Torrington, having previously been staying with a family friend in Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent.

He remains banned from contacting the victim of his threats or going to Tiverton.

The case arose out of an incident at a hostel in Chapel Street, Tiverton, in September and the case was originally delayed so psychiatrists could decide if he may be suitable for a hospital order.

Miss Mary McCarthy, defending, said they decided this was not the right way to deal with the case, which was why it was brought back to court with a view to a normal sentence.

The recorder apologised to O’Regan for the delay. He said:”I note the background and I feel a psychiatric report is necessary. I would like it done urgently but I am aware of Christmas coming up.”

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