Two families clash in Clare over Facebook comments - and it escalates to a shooting, court hears
A row over comments posted on Facebook led to a knife attack and a shooting, a court has been told.
The argument, which began in a pub, resulted in a wave of violent incidents between two families in which a man was slashed in the face with a knife, and another was savagely beaten with a boy’s crutch, Limerick Circuit Criminal Court heard.
A husband and wife – who were previously convicted of an illegal money-lending racket, and ordered to pay €1m to the Criminal Assets Bureau – pleaded guilty to engaging in a violent assault on a man described as Mr X, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
Brendan and Patricia Wallace, of Fernleigh, Westbury, Corbally, Co Clare, admitted 10 charges between them. Their son, Brandon Wallace, (19), pleaded guilty to four charges connected to the same incident.
The court was told a row erupted in a pub on March 17 this year between the three defendants and Mr X over comments made on Facebook.
Following the argument, Mr X went to the Wallace’s home with a knife. Brendan Wallace (55) was slashed on the head with a knife and he hit Mr X with a curtain pole. Later, Brandon Wallace was knocked to the ground by Mr X, the court heard. Following this, Mr Wallace Snr, his wife, and their son, followed Mr X to the home of another man, described as Mr Y.
The court heard Patricia Wallace (44) grabbed a shard of broken glass and "made a go at" Mr X with it. Brendan Wallace and his son began beating Mr X with a crutch and a curtain pole.
As the three defendants left in a car, Mr Y fired a shot from a legally held firearm at the vehicle. The three defendants pleaded guilty to a combined 14 charges, including assault causing harm; affray; criminal damage; and producing dangerous weapons.
Judge O’Donnell adjourned sentencing to October 20.