Thursday 14 December 2017

Five charged with affray have their charges struck out

A JUDGE struck out a case of affray against five men, including Dick Roche's son Benjamin, for a late-night brawl in Bray last year.

All of the men involved avoided criminal convictions by making donations to charity.

Benjamin Roche (29) 2 Herbert Terrace, Herbert Road, Bray along with Joseph Boyle (29) 6 The Crescent, Carrickmines Green, Dublin; Michael Gaffney (30) 5 Cill Saran, Herbert Road, Bray; David O'Connell (28) 30 Monaloe Avenue, Blackrock; and David Kilbride (25) 71 Hazelwood, Bray, all entered a plea of guilty.

The incident occurred on Quinsborough Road after 3 a.m. on April 9 2011.

CCTV footage of the fight was shown to Judge Michael Coughlan at Bray District Court on Monday.

The footage showed David Kilbride approaching the other men from across the road. The Court heard that Kilbride believed an altercation was taking place between a man and a woman and he intervened. He admitted to striking one of the other men before walking on ahead.

The four men - Roche, Boyle, Gaffney and O'Connell, paused and spoke to one another for a moment before following Kilbride and beating him up. They punched and kicked him repeatedly while two women at the scene tried to restrain them.

The court heard that all five men had consumed alcohol on the night in question.

' The girls were the peace-makers in the matter,' said Judge Coughlan, adding that this was an 'old-fashioned row.'

Inspector Declan McCarthy told Judge Coughlan that Kilbride was the only one of the five to make any admission of guilt on the night of the incident.

Judge Coughlan struck out all charges against the five defendants. He instructed Benjamin Roche, Michael Gaffney, David O'Connell and Joseph Boyle to pay €1,000 each to the gardai, while David Kilbride, who is unemployed, was told to pay €150.

Inspector McCarthy said that the money will go to the Bray Old Folks Party, while any left over funds will be distributed to other local charities at the discretion of the gardai.

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