Limerick teens stopped traffic and caused ‘general mayhem’

Kilmallock Courthouse

Kilmallock Courthouse

A TEENAGER who was among a group who were “roaring and shouting and causing general mayhem” on the main street in Kimallock, jumped onto the bonnet of a vehicle and broke the windscreen before running off, a court has heard.

Peter O’Mahony, 18, of Glenfield House, Kilmallock was before the court charged with intoxication in a public place, engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour in a public place, disorderly conduct in a public place, criminal damage, and obstruction other than with an MPV at Lord Edward Street, Kilmallock on November 24 last.

He was also charged with no insurance, non-dispaly of tax, non-display of an NCT disc and non-conforming registration plates at Kilbreedy, Kilmallock on December 5 last.

Garda Robert Young of Kilmallock garda station told the court that at approximately 1.10am on November 24, a large crowd had gathered on Lord Edward Street in Kilmallock after an 18th birthday party.

The court heard that four individuals proceeded to block the road and stop a vehicle.

Garda Young said that O’Mahony jumped on the bonnet of the vehicle and broke the windscreen of the vehicle.

“He pulled his hood up over his head and ran down the street,” said Garda Young.

The court heard O’Mahony was arrested and made full admissions at Bruff garda station.

Garda Young explained that O’Mahony had made an offer of compensation to the injured party which had been accepted.

The court heard that a sum of €500 was in court which was to be handed over to the injured party.

Garda Young said there was a lot of “shouting and roaring and general mayhem on the street”.

He added that there were other parties involved “but Mr O’Mahony caused the damage”.

The court heard O’Mahony has no previous convictions.

The court further heard that on December 5 at 10.25pm gardai were on routine patrol when they were stopped by a motorist who told them that a vehicle had crashed in the ditch up the road.

Garda Young told the court that the vehicle was in a very poor state of repair. He said there was no number plates or bumper on the vehicle.

The court heard that gardai carried out an investigation and Mr O’Mahony was identified as the driver of the vehicle. The court heard that O’Mahony had no insurance to drive the vehicle.

Garda Young said there was “no disc of any kind attached to the vehicle”.

The court heard there was no one injured in the incident.

“The vehicle should not have been on the road,” said Garda Young.

Solicitor for O’Mahony, Brendan Gill, said his client is from a well-known farming family and is a second-year student at Pallaskenry Agricultural College.

In relation to the public order offences, Mr Gill said his client had attended his cousin’s 18th birthday party and had “overindulged”.

“He accepts he was very intoxicated. I understand that he did make contact with gardai shortly afterwards,” said Mr Gill.

In relation to the road traffic incident, Mr Gill said his client was moving the farm vehicle from one land holding to another. He said that the vehicle should not have been used and added that his client has insurance but was not insured to drive this vehicle.

Mr Gill asked Judge Mary Larkin to take into account his client’s age and good record.

Judge Larkin replied: “For all I know he could have been out there doing wheelies.”

Mr Gill pointed out that his client was not before the court in relation to charges of that nature.

Judge Larkin said she wanted the teenager to understand how serious the matter was.

Judge Larkin referred O’Mahony to the probation services in respect of all the charges to establish his attitude towards alcohol.

The matter was adjourned until February 28.


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