Fight with pool cues in Limerick asylum centre

Judge Eugene O'Kelly said it was a 'potentially very dangerous act'
A FIGHT between two asylum seekers at a Limerick hostel erupted after one of the men was called “a f***ing Christian” and was told he was going to be killed, writes Anne Sheridan.

A FIGHT between two asylum seekers at a Limerick hostel erupted after one of the men was called “a f***ing Christian” and was told he was going to be killed, writes Anne Sheridan.

Mol Ishad Ahmed, 25, residing at Westbourne hostel on the Dock Road, denied charges of assault causing harm to fellow resident Brianna Gassars, and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was charged by Garda Michael Hennessy on May 11, 2012, after the alleged victim was hit with a rock on the head.

Taking to the stand, Gassars told the court: “He called me a f***ing Christian. He said he was going to kill me and smoke me”.

However, Gassars, who said he was taken to hospital by ambulance following the incident, could not identify the accused in court.

Solicitor John Herbert said there was a fight between the two men in the common room, and his client had to go to his room to clean the blood from his face after the fight.

He said Gassars slashed his client’s face and was biting him, and the manager of the centre went to the room of the accused, after he was hit with pool balls and a pool cue. The ambulance was called for the accused, said manager Paul Joyce.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly dismissed the case, as he was “not satisfied with the reliability of the evidence.”