Thursday 26 April 2018

Radio DJ took axe to van over egg row, court told

Conor Kane

A RADIO presenter smashed two van windows with an axe, sending glass into a young woman's eye during a row over damaged cars, a court heard yesterday.

Norman Morrissey (51), of Ballinlough West, Bansha, Co Tipperary, has gone on trial at Clonmel Circuit Court and denies assault causing harm and criminal damage on October 31, 2007.

A presenter with Tipp FM, Mr Morrissey is a brother of country music singer Louise Morrissey, who was present in court with him, along with other family members, when the trial got under way.

The court heard yesterday that Mr Morrissey's son -- who was taunted at school -- was alleged to have splattered eggs on the cars of two other local men on the day before the alleged assault. The incident before the court happened when the men later went to Mr Morrissey's house.

Alleged assault victim Mary O'Leary told the court how, after speaking to the son and Mr Morrissey on the phone, her friends, James Breen Jr and Kevin Ryan, went to his house. On arriving the two men and two others who went with them got out of the Ford Transit.

She stayed in the back and then heard Norman Morrissey coming towards it. She said: "James (Breen Jr) got back into the car before Norman put the axe through it."

The driver's side window and rear window were smashed as a result. Some glass went into her eye and she had to have an operation the following day at Waterford Regional Hospital to remove it, she told the court.

Cross-examining the witness, Colman Cody, defending Mr Morrissey, put it to her that James Breen was "screaming" at Norman Morrissey on the phone before they travelled to the Morrissey house.

"The big fat useless c***," Mr Breen said, according to Mr Cody. "Tipp FM my f***ing hole. Norman f***ing Morrissey."

Towards the end of the phone conversation, James Breen Jr shouted: "I'll be at your house in 10 minutes and I'll pull you by your fat f***ing head out the door and kick you up and down."

She denied that, when Mr Morrissey ran at the Ford Transit with the axe, James Breen Jr was already reversing it towards him. The trial is due to resume tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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