Tuesday 19 November 2019

Man jailed for attack on car containing children

Declan Brennan

A MAN who took part in a violent attack on a car containing four children, including a toddler, has received a six-year jail term with the last 18 months suspended.

Michael McDonagh (34) was one of three men who used baseball bats to smash all the windows in the car before turning on the children's mother.

McDonagh, of Saint Joseph's Park, Dunsink Lane, Finglas, Dublin pleaded guilty to violent disorder at Tesco Clearwater, Finglas on April 15, 2011.

The court was told at a previous hearing that the three men were involved in a feud with the father of the children and recognised his car when the childrens' mother had parked it at the shopping centre.

In her victim impact statement, Bridgette Collins told Judge Ring that the sight of her two-year-old trapped in the car as broken glass rained in on them was something no mother should ever have to witness.

Ms Collins said she was screaming at the men and "desperately" trying to get her baby out when she felt blows from the baseball bat to her legs.

The court heard that another co-accused, David McDonnell (31), was shouting at her: "I'm going to kill your husband. I'm going to stab him to death" before being dragged away.

At a previous hearing David McDonnell, previously of Rathvilly Park, Finglas, received a sentence of four years with the final two and half suspended.

His brother Anthony McDonnell (32), of Dunsink Green, Finglas, was sentenced to four years with all but 15 months suspended. He has 17 previous convictions.

Irish Independent

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