Healy Raes to contest Kenmare assault case

Two sons of TD Michael Healy Rae appear before Kenmare District Court for assault

Solicitor Padraig O’Connell with Kevin and Jackie Healy Rae
Solicitor Padraig O’Connell with Kevin and Jackie Healy Rae

Sinead Kelleher

Two sons of TD Micheal Healy Rae, one of whom is contesting the local elections this May, will appear again before Kenmare District on June 7 when a decision on whether or not they will plead guilty to the charges or set a date for a contested hearing will be made.

Their solicitor, Padraig O'Connell, has indicated that all charges will be defended. 

Jackie Healy Rae and Kevin Healy Rae both with addresses at Sandymount, Kilgarvan, are both charged with assault causing harm to Kieran James on December 28,2017 in Main Street Kenmare. 

Jackie, who is contesting the local elections in the Castleisland Electoral Area, is further charged with assault of Kieran James at East Park Lane, Kenmare on the same date. 

A third defendant in the assault case is Malachy Scannell of Inchinacoosh, Kilgarvan who is facing a charge of assault causing harm to  the same victim, Kieran James, also at Main Street.  Mr Scannell is also charged with assault causing harm to Cornelius O'Sullivan on the night. He is futher charged with criminal damage of the glasses of Mr O'Sullivan. 

All three defendants appeared before Kenmare District Court last Friday for the first time in relation to the charges amid a large media presence outside the door of the court room. 

During the short hearing the three men sat together. Solicitor Conor Murphy told the court before the hearing that he was keeping an eye on proceedings for solicitor Pat Mann in Tralee. 

Sgt Miriam Mulhall Nolan told the court that the DPP had directed that the case be heard at District Court level and a medical report was handed into Judge David Waters to allow him to decide on whether or not to accept the case, which he ultimately agreed to accept. 

The same medical report was furnished to the court for all three defendants. 

Judge Waters queried the criminal damage charge and Sgt Mulhall Nolan said that it was alleged that "glasses were damaged off the face" of one of the victims. 

Their solicitor Mr O'Connell, who is  representing all three defendants, asked for documents to be furnished to him and a date of June 7 was set for a plea or a date, which in effect means that on this date a decision will be made on whether or not the three will plead guilty or not guilty and to set a date for a full hearing of the assault case. 

Mr O'Connell told the court that the three men will be contesting the case and that a hearing date will be required. 

The case was adjourned to June 7.