Son jailed as father awaits his sentence in Abbeyfeale land row

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

Son jailed as father awaits his sentence in Abbeyfeale land row
TWO very different and conflicting accounts emerged this Wednesday in relation to an incident in which Templeglantine father of 15, Patrick Doherty Snr, was found guilty of assaulting a Garda and threatening another Garda with a breadknife in the family home at Rathcahill West in July, 2011.

TWO very different and conflicting accounts emerged this Wednesday in relation to an incident in which Templeglantine father of 15, Patrick Doherty Snr, was found guilty of assaulting a Garda and threatening another Garda with a breadknife in the family home at Rathcahill West in July, 2011.

Mr Doherty Snr, who is 76, denied the charges.

However, following what she described as two “conflicting versions”, Judge Mary Larkin said she was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt about the evidence given by the five Garda witnesses who appeared before her at Abbeyfeale court.

It would almost impossible not to impose a custodial sentence, she told Mr Doherty Snr’s solicitor Enda O’Connor, but ordered a probation report and said she had to take his age into account.

However, she jailed Mr Doherty’s son Conor Doherty, also of Rathcahill West, for three months when she found him guilty of assaulting another Garda, Pat Morgan, on the same date.

Conor Doherty also contested the charge, claiming he was not even at the house on the evening of July 27, 2011 when five Gardai came to arrest his brother, Danny, on foot of a warrant issued by Judge Karl Moran in the Circuit Court.

The court heard that the arrest warrant arose for Danny Doherty from a civil case involving a land dispute following the death in 2004 of a Mr Edward Roche.

But Danny Doherty told Judge Larkin this Wednesday that he was not aware of any such warrant, did not see any warrant and only discovered why he was being arrested after he arrived in handcuffs at Newcastle West Garda Station.

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