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McBARRON THREATENED GIRLFRIEND WITH KNIFE ONE YEAR BEFORE HE KILLED SARA; Gardai tried jail bid.

Byline: BY NAOMI McELROY

THE beast who stabbed Sara Neligan to death attacked his ex-girlfriend a year earlier, it has emerged.

Brian McBarron was arrested for threatening the woman, the mother of his child, with a deadly flick knife on October 15, 2006.

The frightened mum was forced to hide in a pub to escape, and was protected by staff until relatives came to rescue her.

But even though he was already on a suspended sentence for almost stabbing a barman to death in 2005, he still walked free.

McBarron, 26, was arrested after threatening his girlfriend during a drunken row on the streets of Arklow, Co Wicklow.

He was living with her and their small child in a mobile home near Rathnew, Co Wicklow, at the time.

Gardai were called when customers in a local pub heard the noise from the street.

Wicklow District Court later heard McBarron was extremely abusive, and carrying a knife. He fled but was later arrested still drunk and still carrying the knife.

His traumatised partner later moved away from the area.

One local in Ballybeg, Co Wicklow, said: "It was only when we saw his face on the news that we realised he was the guy who used to live in the mobile home out the back of our neighbour's house.

"There used to be different people living in it from time to time, but never for too long."

In court McBarron admitted to having a drink problem, promised to stay off alcohol and go to rehab.

During his trial for the murder of Sara it came out that he already had a suspended sentence for stabbing barman Martin Prokopec.

Gardai had tried to have his suspended sentence activated, and went to court in May 2007 to ask for him to be jailed. But the case was adjourned until July, and by then it was too late.

McBarron was jailed for life on Tuesday for murdering nurse Sara, 31, in their apartment on Pearse Street, Dublin, in June 2007.

He cut her throat and stabbed her twice with a kitchen knife.

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Date:Jan 24, 2009
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