Defendant who got caught up in feud is not a ‘bad lad’ hears County Limerick court

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

A YOUNG man who “got caught up in a feud” was fined a total of €200 at Kilmallock court.

A YOUNG man who “got caught up in a feud” was fined a total of €200 at Kilmallock court.

Tommy O’Donnelll, aged 21, of De Valera Place, Charleville pleaded guilty to possession of a slash-hook and threatening/abusive/insulting behaviour.

Superintendent Pat McCarthy said on November 8, 2011 gardai received a number of calls stating there was a group of men armed with implements.

“Gardai went to the scene. There was a feud going on at the time.

“They saw the defendant walking towards his home.

“He became a small bit excited and became aggressive towards the gardai – saying words to the effect he would ‘sort it out’ with gardai. At the time there was a feud going on,” said Supt McCarthy.

O’Donnell’s solicitor, Brendan Gill, said his client is a 22 year-old unemployed married man.

“Peace effectively reigns with regard to the feud and he subsequently co-operated with gardai. It is accepted it was out of character,” said Mr Gill.

Supt McCarthy said he has known O’Donnell since he was a child.

“He has never been in trouble before. He’s not a bad lad.

“He got caught up with this feud – aligned to one side,” said Supt McCarthy.

Mr Gill said his client had never been in trouble before and was unlikely to be in court again.

Judge Mary O’Halloran fined O’Donnell €100 on each of the two charges.