Farmer who shot 'great pal' after two pints of whiskey walks free
A farmer who blasted his best friend with a double-barrelled shotgun after drinking two pints of whiskey has walked free from court.
Judge Gerald Keys imposed a four-year suspended jail term on father-of-two Liam Flynn (53) for the assault causing harm of his 'great pal' Noel Enright (41).
It happened in Mr Flynn's remote farmhouse at Afflick, Tulla, Co Clare, on January 28, 2015.
Judge Keys told Mr Flynn that he should consider himself "very, very lucky" in the sentence he received.
He made it a condition of the suspended sentence that Mr Flynn pay over €20,000 in compensation to his victim.
Judge Keys told Mr Flynn that by his act, "you have caused serious damage to Mr Enright which has and will continue to have a profound effect on him for the future".
Counsel for Mr Flynn, Lorcan Connolly BL, told Ennis Circuit Court that Mr Enright has initiated civil proceedings against his client concerning the incident.
The two were church-going friends for 20 years before Mr Flynn blasted the Doora man in his left upper thigh at his home after a long night of drinking.
Mr Enright would stay at Mr Flynn's home once a week where the two would drink and watch their favourite TV show, 'Sons of Anarchy' about a gang of outlaw US bikers.
Mr Connolly said: "The goings on in the house that night could have been taken out of 'Sons of Anarchy', the favourite show of the two gentlemen."
Mr Enright was rushed to hospital in Limerick where he underwent a number of surgeries for the wound, in which over 100 pellets were found.
Mr Connolly said that while Mr Enright was recovering in hospital from the shotgun blast, Mr Flynn brought him a holy statue, a prayer book and holy water.
In his judgement, Judge Keys said that the two men had offered "polar opposite" accounts of what had taken place.