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Dad hit his sister in face over 'family revelation'

A FATHER-of-two smacked his own sister across the face at a wedding reception in a Dublin hotel because of "information" he had been given about something that happened in their family years before, a court heard.

Patrick Farrell (50) assaulted his sister and hurled abuse at her, as well as hotel staff and gardai, as he was removed from the family celebration.

He was bound to the peace for two years when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court on charges arising from the incident.

Farrell, with an address at Ballygall Parade, Finglas, pleaded guilty to assaulting his sister Margaret Burke at the Green Isle Hotel, Clondalkin, on July 21 last.

He also admitted charges of causing a breach of the peace by using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour, as well as public intoxication.


The charges are under the Non Fatal Offences Against The Person and Public Order Acts.

A related charge of causing criminal damage to a garda patrol car's window in the same incident was struck out after the court heard officers had been able to carry out the repair themselves.

Garda Mairead Scanlon told the court Ms Burke called the gardai on the night in relation to the defendant, who had assaulted her by hitting her across the face.

When they arrived at the scene, gardai saw "very minor injuries", but the accused was verbally abusive to the victim in their presence. The incident had happened about 20 minutes before they arrived.

In relation to the breach of the peace, the court heard staff were trying to remove the accused from the hotel and he was abusive towards them and gardai.

Farrell had three previous convictions.