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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Gardai saw accused carrying a machete

DEFENDANT'S HOUSE HAD BEEN ATTACKED

Published 16/01/2013|09:45

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A 28-YEAR-OLD who was seen by Gardai carrying a machete after his house was attacked also pleaded guilty to a number of other lesser offences has been remanded on bail for a probation report after spending a week in custody.

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Michael O'Connor, 66 Aghameen Park, Muirhevnamor, admitted two weeks ago a charge of violent disorder arising out of the most serious incident which happened at Clontigora Court on April 15.

Dundalk District Court was told that O'Connor's family home had come under attack earlier that day and Gardai spotted and then followed a Ford car they believed was involved in the attack.

They found the car and the driver at Clontigora Court but O'Connor, who had a machete and others, one of whom had an axe and another a sledgehammer, came towards the car ' to do it damage' but Gardai prevented anything happening.

The driver didn't make a complaint to Gardai. It was explained that O'Connor's house had been attacked for no obvious reason and the defendant had been ' highly excitable' about what happened.

The incident at Clontigora Court happened about a half hour after his house was damaged.

O'Connor also pleaded guilty to causing around €400 worth of damage to a car on November 3 in Park Street.

Gardai saw him jumping on the bonnet of a Toyota Avensis and he was arrested for criminal damage and for being very drunk.

The following day, Gardai at Francis Street spotted O'Connor in an altercation with another man and he was arrested for being drunk and abusive.

And two days before Christmas, Gardai had to use pepper spray to arrest O'Connor after he became abusive to them when they came across him on the Ramparts.

On New Year's Day, Gardai again came across O'Connor at Sliabh Foy Park where he was arrested for public intoxication.

Judge Brennan heard O'Connor has a number of previous convictions, including one for violent disorder in 2004 and he remanded O'Connor in custody on January 2 for a week.

Last Wednesday, solicitor Frank McDonnell said his client's family had managed to get the €400 compensation together. He said the incident at the house had led to the machete incident half an hour later.

Judge Brennan said he wanted to see a probation report and remanded O'Connor on his own bail of €500 on condition that he observe a curfew from 8pm to 8am and sign on at Dundalk Garda station twice a week.

The case was adjourned to May 1.

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