Suspended prison term for Limerick man convicted of affray

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Andrew Nolan pleaded guilty to affray
A SOUTHILL man has received a suspended prison sentence for his role in a violent altercation which happened outside his home earlier this year.

A SOUTHILL man has received a suspended prison sentence for his role in a violent altercation which happened outside his home earlier this year.

Andrew Nolan, aged 33, of Ashe Avenue, John Carew Park, pleaded guilty to a charge of affray relating to an incident on February 10, last.

Sgt Donal Cronin told Limerick Court that Nolan and a group of other men were involved in a “very violent encounter” at around 4.20pm.

He said the incident was linked to a dispute between two families.

Solicitor John Devane said his client had pleaded guilty despite legal advice to contest the charge.

He said he believed his client would have had a “reasonable defence” as he was protecting his home from other individuals who had arrived in the area.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly noted that others who were prosecuted in relation to the incident had previously been ordered to carry out community service.

However, as Nolan is currently serving a prison sentence in relation to a separate offence, he is unavailable to carry out community service.

The judge imposed a four month prison sentence, which he suspended for 16 months.