Friday 15 November 2019

Wheelchair users and the elderly caught in supermarket crossfire as two groups fling wine bottles at each other, court told

Gordon Deegan

WHEELCHAIR users and elderly citizens were caught up in the crossfire at a busy supermarket as bottles of wine flew through the air, a court has heard.

Gda Michael Daniels described the mid-morning pre-Christmas panic at an Ennis shopping centre, telling a court that it was placed in lock-down mode as two families confronted each other in the centre’s main foyer.

In court, three members of the Delaney family, two members of the Keenan family and two juveniles appeared in relation to being charged with affray and engaging in insulting and abusive behaviour.

Outlining the alleged facts behind the incident at the Francis Street shopping centre last December 18, Gda Daniels said that “the very strong CCTV footage shows the wine bottles being thrown in the foyer and missing persons in wheelchairs who were there in the main hallway at the time”.

He said that during the incident 10 bottles of wine with a combined value of €99.25 were thrown by members of the Delaney family at the Keenan family.

The incident took place just after 11am, and Gda Daniels said that after members of the Delaney family entered the centre, alleged assaults took place between members of both families.

Gda Daniels said that the situation separated for a time, and after arriving at the scene “I observed James Delaney, Ann Delaney along with a juvenile take bottles of wine from the Tesco off-licence and throw them at James Keenan Snr, James Keenan Jnr and a juvenile”.

He said that he immediately intervened and two arrests were made in the foyer.

After hearing an outline of the state prosecution case, Judge Patrick Durcan said that he was declining jurisdiction in the case. As a result, those before the court will now go before the circuit court.

In the case, James Keenan Jnr (18) and James Keenan Snr (40), both of Childers Road, Cloughleigh, Ennis; Ann Marie Delaney (26), of Ashbrook Manor, Moynehall, Cavan; Ann Delaney (45), of Waterpark Heights, Ennis; and James Delaney (27), of Gordon Drive, Cloughleigh, Ennis, along with two juveniles are all charged with affray where they are accused of using or threatening to use unlawful violence against others.

They are also all charged with engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour with intent to cause a breach of the peace.

Judge Durcan remanded all seven on bail to re-appear before Ennis District Court for the serving of the book of evidence to May 14.

Irish Independent

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