A ROW over the sale of a Chihuahua pup resulted in a vicious brawl between two semi-naked women near the entrance to a busy school.
This week a court was told a 49-year-old man sustained a fractured skull after he was struck with a hurley when he tried to intervene in the fight outside Doon CBS primary school.
Jeremiah Morey, aged 29, who has an address at Coonagh Court, in the village has pleaded guilty to assaulting Gerard Hennessy, causing him harm on June 7, 2013.
During a sentencing hearing, this Tuesday, Detective Garda Mike Reidy of Bruff garda station said there were chaotic scenes when the “savage fight” erupted shortly after 9.10am.
Limerick Circuit Court was told there had been tensions between Morey and Mr Hennessy for around a year prior to the incident after a puppy which was bought by the defendant died.
Detective Garda Reidy said a short time before the fight broke out Morey, who has 53 previous convictions, threw a rock at Mr Hennessy’s car – smashing the rear window.
When Sharon Beary, who witnessed the incident, went to confront the defendant, a fight broke out between her and Morey’s partner, Kathleen Stickle.
“The two women ended up rolling on the ground in a brawl,” said Det Garda Reidy who said Ms Stickle had almost all of her clothes removed during the fight while Ms Beary was also semi-naked.
Judge Tom O’Donnell was told parents dropping their children to school and to the local creche were shocked at the level of violence involved.
Morey, the court heard, was acting as a “referee” when Mr Hennessy tried to intervene.
As he did so the defendant struck him across the back of the head with a child’s hurley which had been left on a green area in the estate.
While he initially went home, Mr Hennessy was later transferred to hospital where a CT scan showed he had sustained lacerations and a fracture to the base of his skull.
Brian McInerney BL, defending, said there was an “unhappy history” between the parties and that events on the morning had unfolded in a “most bizarre” fashion.
He said his client, who suffers from a heart condition wished to apologise for his actions.
Judge Tom O’Donnell adjourned the matter to December 10 for sentence.