Newcastle West Court heard gardai responded to reports of a disturbance
SIX men and a woman have pleaded guilty to charges relating to a late-night brawl at a Chinese restaurant in County Limerick.
The seven have been prosecuted for violent disorder in relation to an incident at a premises in Rathkeale in the early hours of November 26, 2017.
Inspector Alan Cullen told Newcastle West Court when gardai responded to reports of a disturbance at 1.50am they observed a large crowd of people who were involved in “what appeared to be a brawl”.
He said CCTV footage shows there were three people inside the premises when the seven defendants entered and that “it started from there”.
Judge Mary Larkin was told the defendants were “acting together” and that the violent incident lasted for some time.
Insp Cullen said words were exchanged between the two groups and that it was not possible to assign blame to any individual.
The defendants who each pleaded guilty are Darren Carey, 19, of 96 Assumpta Park, Newcastle West; Ryan Daly, 25, of 56 Assumpta Park, Newcastle West; his father William Daly, 51, of Dromard, Rathkeale; Jimmy Falvey, 28, of 7 Castleview Estate, Newcastle West; Sophie Markham, 23, of 9 Orchard Avenue, Rathkeale; Gearoid Mulcaire, 22, of Ballywilliam, Rathkeale and Aaron Smith, 20, of 7 The Gardens, Ballingarry.
None of those before the court have any serious criminal convictions and lawyers representing each of the defendants said the incident was out of character for their clients.
Judge Larkin was told all were apologetic and were willing to work with the Probation Service, if required.
Each case was adjourned to July with the judge indicating she will “deal with it appropriately” if there are positive reports before her.