‘Snubbed’ Limerick man fired shotgun outside neighbour’s house in row over holiday loan

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

A LIMERICK man fired a number of shotgun blasts outside his neighbour’s home after she failed to salute him while out walking on the road, a court has heard.

A LIMERICK man fired a number of shotgun blasts outside his neighbour’s home after she failed to salute him while out walking on the road, a court has heard.

Jack Kelly, 59, of Ballyneale, Ballingarry pleaded guilty at Newcastle West Court to reckless discharge of a firearm at Lee’s Cross, Ballynoe, Ballingarry on August 11 last year.

The court heard that Mr Kelly fired a number of rounds from his shotgun outside the home of a neighbour and long time family friend who he felt was snubbing him, despite him having lent her money.

Insp Paul Reidy told the court that Mr Kelly was angry at being twice being “ignored” by Gillian Lee, who “failed to salute him” despite him having lent her thousands of euros to travel to Australia.

Insp Reidy said that on the date in question the accused “took exception” to her failure to salute him, something which she had similarly done a few days previously.

Mr Kelly then went home, got his shotgun and called to the Lee family home half a mile away. He met members of Ms Lee’s family outside the house and demanded to know where she was.

When he was told that she was not at home, Mr Kelly then “pointed a shotgun up in the air and fired a number of shots”, before saying “tell Gillian that’s for her”.

Solicitor Michael O’Donnell, defending, said that while Mr Kelly had “no intent to do any harm to anyone”, he was “driven to this... out of pure frustration”.

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