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Gerard Furlong was found not guilty of assaulting neighbour Peter Lambe with a screwdriver during a row

Gerard Furlong was found not guilty of assaulting neighbour Peter Lambe with a screwdriver during a row

Gerard Furlong was found not guilty of assaulting neighbour Peter Lambe with a screwdriver during a row

A householder has been found not guilty of "stabbing" a neighbour in the leg with a screwdriver during a row outside their homes.

Gerard Furlong had been charged with assaulting and injuring Peter Lambe, who also said he had a tooth broken in the confrontation.

Concussion

Noting that witnesses had not seen a screwdriver, Judge Paula Murphy said the case was not proven beyond reasonable doubt and dismissed it.

Mr Furlong (62) had denied assault causing harm to Mr Lambe at Arran Road, Drumcondra, on March 4, 2016.

Mr Lambe (50), a tradesman, said he was at his van when Mr Furlong got out of his own car and approached.

"I said, 'we need to have a talk about your wife', because she kept making faces at me," Mr Lambe told Dublin District Court.

"He grabbed me by my jacket and swung me across the street."

He alleged Mr Furlong picked up a screwdriver and stabbed him. Mr Lambe initially thought the screwdriver was his own, but it was not. He said he was treated in hospital for a stab wound and concussion.

In cross-examination, Mr Lambe denied he was a "difficult neighbour". He claimed Mr Furlong's wife had been "making faces at my family for years" and this was "an ongoing issue" between the families.

He said days earlier "she had blocked me in with her car", but gardai would not give her a ticket and "she seemed to think this was very funny".

Mr Furlong told the court Mr Lambe had approached and said: "I want to talk to you."

He replied that he did not want to talk and went to move away but Mr Lambe went to kick him, he alleged.

Mr Furlong said he caught his foot and pushed him back, after which he said Mr Lambe grabbed and "punched" him.

He said he fell to the ground, his glasses broke and he was left with facial injuries.

He denied stabbing Mr Lambe and did not see a screwdriver. Witnesses said he was badly bruised, cut under one eye and bleeding.

Judge Murphy dismissed the case against Mr Furlong.

Mr Lambe, meanwhile, is charged with assaulting Mr Furlong. He denies the charge and his case was adjourned for hearing next month.


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