Ex-Sinn Fein councillor’s jail term cut
A former Sinn Fein councillor and his father, who were jailed for torturing a man they both suspected of trying to defraud them, have had their prison sentences cut on appeal.
Jonathan Dowdall (39) and his father Patrick Dowdall (61), both from Navan Road in Dublin, had pleaded guilty at the city’s non-jury Special Criminal Court to falsely imprisoning Alexander Hurley and threatening to kill him in January 2015.
Mobile phone footage showed Jonathan Dowdall, who received 12 years, wearing a balaclava and holding a tea towel to the man’s face before pouring water over his head, a practice known as waterboarding. Patrick Dowdall, jailed for eight years, was heard threatening to pull off Mr Hurley’s fingers with a pair of pliers.
Yesterday, Jonathan Dowdall’s sentence was reduced to 10 years in jail, with the final 25 months suspended, and Patrick Dowdall’s to seven, with the final three years suspended.