Nephew beat up his uncle over family dispute about land
A family dispute over land, in which a man was beaten up by his nephew, who also smashed windows at his aunt’s house, was heard in Carlow District Court recently.
Judge Colin Daly was told that the late mother of Michael Humphries left the family farm to him and his brother Liam, but that six months after her death an incident occurred at a family party, during which Michael was assaulted by Liam’s son Conor.
Conor Humphries (24) of Whitestown Lower, Stratford-on-Slaney denied assaulting his uncle Michael Humphries at Main Street, Stratford on 15 May 2015. However, he did plead guilty to criminal damage charges that arose from later that night at The Stratford Arms, Stratford and Whitestown Upper, Stratford.
Michael Humphries told the court that he had been at a family party in the local pub and that when he left to go home to his flat across the road from the pub, he was hit on the head from behind and he fell to the ground.
Michael said that it was his nephew Conor who had hit him and that he continued to kick and hit him when he was on the ground.
The court heard that Conor lifted Michael’s head up from the footpath and said into his face that he had “better sign over the farm” to his father or that “he’d kill him by Wednesday”.
Under cross-examination by Roger Cross BL for Conor Humphries, Michael denied that he started an argument with his nephew or that he kicked him during the dispute.
Frances Humphries, a sister of Michael and Liam and an aunt of Conor, gave evidence in court, stating that when she went out to see what was happening she saw Conor kicking Michael, whose face “was covered in blood”, and that men who were at the scene had to “pull him away”.