‘Stand off’ with gardai in Limerick village

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

A “STAND-OFF” took place between a 20 year-old and gardai after he kicked and punched his father last week, a court heard.

A “STAND-OFF” took place between a 20 year-old and gardai after he kicked and punched his father last week, a court heard.

Dean Kiely 20, of Elm Park, Croom pleaded guilty to assaulting his father and criminal damage at Newcastle West court.

Inspector Eamon O’Neill said at 12.30am on Wednesday, May 23 the father of the accused was driving on Croom’s Main Street.

“The defendant started assaulting his father – punching and kicking him in to the shoulder,” said Insp O’Neill.

When Kiely got out of the car he broke a rear view mirror causing €100 worth of damage, said Insp O’Neill.

“He ran to his parents house and a stand-off ensued. The response unit had to be brought to the house as he refused to open the door,” said Insp O’Neill, who added the Kiely has a history of drug abuse which is getting worse and led to his behaviour.

“He has left the home,” said Insp O’Neill.

Kiely’s solicitor, Pat Enright, said if his client has a history of drug abuse it would be “mild” and involve cannabis.

“The domestic situation has been fraught for a while. It blew up the other night. He has difficulties with anger management but is a personable young man.

“Himself and his father don’t see eye to eye. He is prepared to stay away from the family home,” said Mr Enright, who added that his client has no previous convictions.

The solicitor said that Kiely may benefit from the intervention of the probation service to deal with “some issues”.

Insp O’Neill said that Kiely may have great difficulty with his father but he also has great difficulty with gardai.

“He wasn’t prepared to interact with gardai when the response unit was called,” said Insp O’Neill.

Judge Mary O’Halloran ordered a social enquiry profile from the probation service and a victim impact statement from Kiely’s father.

Kiely was remanded on bail until June 28.