A JUDGE has described as “very disturbing” an incident during which a 15-year-old girl was subjected to a vicious hiding in a daylight brawl.
The teenager was punched and kicked by several members of the same family at Davis Street more than two years ago.
Mark Mulqueen, aged 45, John Lysaght, aged 25, Sarah O’Neill, aged 23 and Teresa O’Neill, aged 29, who are all from the Prospect area of Limerick city each pleaded guilty to engaging in violent disorder on May 6 2013.
During a sentencing hearing, Garda Cormac Flanagan said the brawl erupted at around 4.30pm a short time after Mark Mulqueen had encountered a group of youths on Parnell Street.
John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, said Mulqueen, who has a large number of previous convictions, believed his mobile phone had been stolen by one of the youths and “procured the services” of his nephew John Lysaght to “get revenge”.
Sisters Teresa O’Neill and Sarah O’Neill, who are also related to Mulqueen, also responded having received reports that he had been attacked.
Garda Flanagan said the teenager was pulled by the hair, punched and kicked during the incident, which lasted for around 40 seconds.
Although, he did not attack the girl, Lysaght was shouting and roaring and holding the wooden leg of a table which had been modified to look like a bat.
After hearing details of what happened, Judge Tom O’Donnell said it must have been “an absolutely frightening” experience for anyone
The victim suffered cuts to her head arm and back but didn’t require medical attention.
Judge O’Donnell said the manner in which the “troops were rallied” and the 15-year-old isolated and subjected to a “ hiding” was very disturbing as was the “meting out of summary justice”.
Noting that each of the defendants had pleaded guilty and apologised for their role in the incident he adjourned sentencing until October 20, next.