Assault charge in 'citizen's arrest'
A "citizen's arrest" went "badly wrong" for a pensioner accused of forcing another pensioner into the back of a car and driving to a garda station.
Patrick Mulpeter (71), of Coolgarry, Walsh Island, Co Offaly, is accused of assault and the unlawful taking of a vehicle at Kilbride Street in Tullamore, Co Offaly, on January 4, 2012.
Inspector Kieran Keyes told a sitting of Tullamore District Court the accused and the 66-year-old injured party knew one another from a minor traffic accident the previous summer.
On the day in question, Insp Keyes said Mr Mulpeter had spotted the other man in a car outside a shop. He approached the car and reached in, grabbing the keys from the ignition.
Mr Mulpeter then "frogmarched" the man to the rear of the car and placed him in the back. During the encounter it is alleged the injured party received a blow to the ribs, the inspector explained.
Solicitor Donal Farrelly described it as "a sad case for Mr Mulpeter".
"A citizen's arrest that went went badly wrong," he said.
He said his client "had been looking for him (injured party) for many months" and had attempted to have him attend the garda station on another occasion, but "the injured party took off".
Describing the charges as "very serious matters", Judge Catherine Staines asked: "Is there any possibility it could be dealt with in a restorative way?"
She adjourned the case until February and ordered a victim impact statement and a probation report.