Thursday 22 February 2018

Trader jailed for brawl at horse fair

Conor Gallagher

A HORSE trader involved in a mass brawl at the Smithfield Horse Fair in which two people were shot has been sentenced to six years in jail.

Patrick O'Reilly (44), of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to a charge of violent disorder

He was charged after being photographed by journalists wielding a stick during the fight between two Traveller family factions.

Two people suffered gunshot wounds during the melee and a third victim was seriously injured when his arm was nearly severed with a machete.

Father-of-nine O'Reilly, who has 75 previous convictions, was seen in the same group as the machete-wielding man and another man armed with a homemade shotgun. He has been in custody since the incident at Smithfield Square on March 6 last year.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court Judge Martin Nolan imposed a six-year term with the final two years suspended.

Defence counsel Sean Gillane said O'Reilly was not armed with anything other than a stick that day and was at the less serious end of the violence.

Irish Independent

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