Thursday 19 September 2019

Man who attacked heart patient in row over dog feces fined

Trevor Orr leaving Falcarragh District Court
(North West Newspix)
Trevor Orr leaving Falcarragh District Court (North West Newspix)

Eimear Rabbitt

A MAN has been fined after attacking a heart patient in a row over dog poo.

Trevor Orr appeared at Falcarragh District Court yesterday charged with attacking Don Mooney at his home in Ramelton, Co Donegal, on February 2, 2017.

The court heard there had been bad blood between the pair amid claims that the accused’s brother Michael had washed dog feces into Mr Mooney’s yard.

Mr Mooney told how he left his home to visit his father but returned as he forgot his keys and found both Orr and his brother Michael on his property.

Assault victim Don Mooney leaving Falcarragh Distrcit Court
(North West Newspix)
Assault victim Don Mooney leaving Falcarragh Distrcit Court (North West Newspix)

He told them to get off his land and Michael Orr pulled his brother away but Trevor struck out and hit Mr Mooney in the chest.

Mr Mooney called gardai and then an ambulance, as he was a heart patient and had undergone extensive treatment for the past 15 years.

He said that he passed out while in the ambulance and was admitted to Letterkenny University Hospital but was released later that day.

His daughter Kim took pictures which showed severe bruising on her father’s chest.

However, Orr’s solicitor, Frank Dorrian, said there had been no mention of the bruising in the medical report.

Mr Mooney told Judge Paul Kelly that there had been an ongoing disagreement between himself and Michael Orr after he allegedly washed dog poo down on to his property.

Both the environmental health section of the local council and gardai had been made aware of this.

“I’ve more to be bothered with keeping healthy,” Mr Mooney said.

“I just want an easy life and to be left alone.

“I’m not going to let people wash dog excrement onto my street, which I keep very tidy.”

The court was told that Mr Mooney’s partner is a sister of the Orr brothers.

Both Michael and Trevor Orr took to the witness stand but they emphatically denied that any such incident had taken place.

They admitted that there had been ongoing tensions between the two parties but said no assault had ever taken place.

Judge Kelly said that the combination of all the evidence was sufficient to prove the events.

On the matter of the bruising to Mr Mooney, the judge said it was often the case that bruising does not appear for hours or even days after an event.

He found Orr (43), a baker from Leitir, Kilmacrennan, guilty of assault causing harm and fined him €250.


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