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Thursday 22 February 2018

School yard scene 'like anarchy'

Gordon Deegan

A MAN and 13-year-old boy ran across a primary school yard armed with a machete and slash-hook, a court has been told.

Another two men barricaded themselves into a classroom with children and a teacher present as the incident unfolded, Ennis Circuit Court heard.

Judge Gerald Keyes said the scene at the town's Holy Family Junior School on March 20, 2012, had represented "a clear breakdown – like anarchy".

Garda Trevor Shannon outlined the facts relating to Conor Mahon (22), of Ballaghboy halting site, Quin Rd, Ennis, Co Clare, and a 14-year-old pleading guilty to violent disorder.

Gda Shannon said Mr Mahon was armed with a slash-hook and the teenager – 13 at the time – had a machete. He added the disturbance arose from an earlier verbal altercation as parents collected their children.

He said Mr Mahon and the boy gave chase to Darren Maughan and Michael Maughan, who was collecting his child at the school.

Judge Keyes said he needed more facts before proceeding with sentencing and adjourned the case until October 22 at Ennis Circuit Court.

Irish Independent

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