Monday 19 February 2018

WATCH: Video footage of Irish farmer's assault on two brothers 'viewed worldwide'

John O’Reilly pleaded guilty

Brendan Furlong

Video footage of an assault by a farmer on two brothers has been viewed worldwide, a court has heard.

John O'Reilly (48), of Rathielty, Rathmoyle, Co Kilkenny, was fined €2,250 having pleaded guilty to the assault of brothers, Hubert and Norman Daniels at Rathielty on November 5, 2013.

Defence counsel Elaine Morgan told Kilkenny District Court yesterday there was a fractious history between farmers and the two complainants which, she said, was borne out by the wearing of video cameras by the complainants while working their machinery.

The defendant's property, she said, was down a laneway, while the complainants own two fields on the opposite side of the laneway.

She said video evidence of the incident has been viewed worldwide with thousands of hits.

But Ms Morgan said that while the national media had been notified that the defendant is a member of a fox hunt, she told Judge Colin Daly that her client has never been a member of Kilkenny Hunt.

Garda James McGuill told the court that the incident arose on the roadway where it was alleged that the defendant pushed Norman Daniel with his hand, causing him to fall and injure his wrist. He said a particular feature of the case was that video footage was supplied by the complainants.

Following the conclusion of evidence to the court, Philip P Lynch, of Mallardstown, Callan, Co Kilkenny, who is chairman of the Farmers Against Foxhunters and Trespassers organisation, requested permission to address the court, which was refused by Judge Daly.

Following further interruptions, Mr Lynch was removed from the court.

Judge Daly fined O'Reilly €1,500 for the assault on Norman Daniel, and a further €750 fine for the assault on Hubert Daniel.

He told the parties that they would have to find some way of resolving their difficulties to avoid being back in court. "This is an unfortunate conflict between neighbours," he added.

Irish Independent

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