Thursday 23 February 2017

Man in Sargent row has assault appeal adjourned

Edel Kennedy

THE man at the centre of the case that led to the resignation of Trevor Sargent has had his appeal against an assault conviction adjourned.

Stephen Mulvany was involved in a dispute with a neighbour in 2007 which triggered a series of events and ultimately led to Mr Sargent resigning as minister for food and horticulture.

Mr Mulvany (34) was convicted on charges of breach of the peace and assault. He was sentenced to four months' imprisonment but appealed.

Mulvany, of Cardy Rock Square in Balbriggan, did not speak during the hearing at Dublin Circuit Court. The state solicitor said there was an application for the case to be put back and Mr Mulvany's solicitor consented. The case was adjourned to March 25.

The row between Mulvany and neighbour Dominic McGowan, occurred in September 2007 when Mr McGowan saw some children try to remove a sign from outside his home. He said he went to report the alleged vandalism to the child's parents but ended up being assaulted by Mulvany.

Mr Sargent subsequently wrote to the prosecuting garda.

Irish Independent

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