Sunday 23 October 2016

Woman's teeth found in pool of blood after fight following 21st party

Eimear Cotter

Published 28/11/2015 | 08:35

Pierse Shannon
Pierse Shannon
William Shannon
Aaron O'Flahert

A garda found a woman's teeth in a pool of blood beside her head after she was viciously assaulted following a 21st birthday party.

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Aaron O'Flaherty (35) punched the woman in the face and kicked her on the ground.

A court heard seven or eight people were involved in the bloodbath which broke out on Bridge Street in Wicklow after two groups left a nightclub.

O'Flaherty was socialising with friends while brothers William (31) and Pierse Shannon (28), from Ballyfermot Drive in Ballyfemot, were in Wicklow celebrating their brother's girlfriend's 21st birthday.

Wicklow Circuit Court heard they punched Anthony Franey to the ground, and kicked him in the head.

A jury of nine men and three women found O'Flaherty, of Rathnew, Co Wicklow, guilty of seriously assaulting Susan Darcy and the Shannon brothers guilty of seriously assaulting Mr Franey on November 18, 2012.

All three were also found guilty of violent disorder.

O'Flaherty told gardai that he would never hit a woman.

William Shannon admitted to "fisticuffs" with O'Flaherty, but he and his brother denied assaulting or kicking Mr Franey.

Eyewitnesses claimed they saw Pierse Shannon hit Mr Franey and then William Shannon punch him to the ground.

Both men kicked him, but William Shannon stopped and Pierse continued to kick him.

Mr Franey sustained a significant head injury and has no memory of what happened.


In relation to her injuries, Ms Darcy was knocked unconscious and had her teeth knocked out.

She had two black eyes, a broken nose and her face and neck were "black and blue".

Garda Trevor Conroy told the court he picked up Ms Darcy's teeth from a pool of blood.

A court heard the fracas initially started as "banter" between some women but then "all hell broke lose".

Ms Darcy was allegedly called a "blonde tramp", and she admitted she said "bring it on".

William Shannon alleged he was protecting Ms Darcy, while O'Flaherty claimed he stepped in after his girlfriend's hair was pulled by an unknown woman.

Following the jury's guilty verdict, Judge Gerard Griffin remanded the men on bail for the preparation of reports.

However, William Shannon's bail was revoked after it emerged he called Garda John O'Neill a "scumbag" and he'd "get it" as he left the court.

He had denied making the comments.

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