Bitter land feud behind shooting over "a small dirt track", gardai tell judge
Bail granted amid strict conditions at special court sitting
A "feud" between two farmers over "a small dirt track" linking their farms led to one man shooting the other, a court heard yesterday
Ted O'Donoghue (72), of Killmoreen, Kildimo, Co Limerick, appeared before a special sitting of Limerick District Court, charged with assault causing harm to John Hayes (65) at farmlands at Ballycasey, Kildimo last Friday.
Despite strenuous Garda objections to bail, Judge Marie Keane remanded Mr O'Donoghue in custody with consent to bail on a number of "very strict conditions".
During the bail hearing, Garda Jason Mitchell, Newcastle West garda station, said the accused "allegedly fired a shot" from a single-barrel shotgun at Mr Hayes, "wounding him in the right shoulder".
He told judge Keane the "serious incident" was linked to a "dispute over a 'right of way'".
Garda Mitchell alleged that gardai had been called to lands at Ballycasey on "five occasions since June 2014", and that the shooting last Friday was the "latest in an ongoing long-running feud over a 'right of way'".
"Further, more serious, charges are anticipated," Gda Mitchell added.
The court heard the 'right of way' was on Mr O'Donoghue's land, but three other landowners, including the injured party, had to access it to get to their lands.