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Riot at Clare hotel was like ‘bomb going off’

A “VICIOUS riot” that erupted at a busy hotel in Shannon was like a “bomb” going off, a court has heard. Shocking CCTV and social media footage of the violence that occurred in the Oakwood Arms Hotel on the night of November 17, 2018, was played at Ennis Circuit Court where eight people appeared for sentencing. Describing a series of fights and incidents captured on video, detective sergeant Kevin O’Hagan said, “It’s 10 minutes of what can only be described as a very serious riot situation.” The incident occurred at the 13th annual Lords of the Ring event, organised by Shannon Kickboxing Club. The court heard this was a well established event at which there had never been any trouble previously. Approximately 350 people, including children, were in attendance when members of the Harty and McDonagh families were involved in a series of violent confrontations. Sergeant O’Hagan said the footage showed a man being kicked unconscious, numerous bottles and glasses …

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Assault charges against anti-vaccine campaigner withdrawn

Gardai in court have withdrawn a charge that well-known anti-vaccine activist Antonio Mureddu allegedly assaulted a garda in Clare last August. At Ennis District Court, Sergeant Louis Moloney told Judge Mary Larkin the case against Mr Mureddu (44) of Headford Arms Hotel, Headford, Co. Galway, was being withdrawn by the State. Sergeant Moloney didn’t tell the court why the three charges were being withdrawn against Mr Mureddu. Mr Mureddu was not in attendance in court for the withdrawal of the case against him as his attendance was not required. In the case, Mr Mureddu was charged that on August 10 last year at Knockanean, Ennis of assaulting Garda James Hanley with intent to resist or prevent the lawful apprehension or detention of himself for an alleged offence, dangerous driving. The charge is contrary to Section 19 of the Criminal Justice Act (Public Order Act). Those who do face such a charge and are found guilty in the circuit court face …

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Man jailed for three months over lewd act on flight to Shannon

A JUDGE has jailed a 25-year-old man for three months after hearing that he was seen allegedly masturbating beside a female passenger on board a Ryanair flight to Shannon earlier this month, writes Gordon Deegan. At Ennis District Court on Wednesday, Judge Mary Larkin described Ioan Remi Makula’s “abuse” on board the flight as “outrageous”. The judge Larkin added that Makula “upset the woman beside him and upset the entire plane and that can’t be tolerated”. Sergeant Aiden Lonergan told the court that it would be alleged that Makula of 52 Fearann Ri, Doughiska, Galway was seen allegedly masturbating on the Shannon bound flight from Manchester on February 4 last. He said that statements were taken from the captain, crew and passengers and CCTV was taken as well “and passengers were described as being very upset as a result of the incident”. Sergeant Lonergan stated that Makula was arrested at Shannon airport and brought before a court charged in connection …

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Clare woman in dock for drugs and money laundering offences

AN Ennis woman accused of drugs and money laundering offences is to have her case heard in the circuit criminal court, writes Ronan Judge. Heather McNamara (38), with an address at 10 Childers Road, Cloughleigh, Ennis is accused of processing €5445 cash and a Rolex watch worth €17,500, alleged to be the proceeds of criminal conduct. Her case came before Ennis District Court and Ms McNamara was not present for the brief hearing. Her solicitor, Colum Doherty, told the court his client could not attend as she is caring for a baby. Sgt Louis Moloney told the court that the director of public prosecutions (DPP) has directed that the case against Ms McNamara is proceeding on indictment to the circuit criminal court. Judge Mary Larkin granted legal aid following an application from Mr Doherty. Judge Larkin remanded Ms McNamara on bail to appear again in court on December 15 for service of the book of evidence. In total, Ms McNamara …

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Man who doused another in petrol ‘only wanted to give him kick up the backside’

A 59-year old year old man “just wanted to give a young fella a kick up the backside” when he doused him in petrol in his bedroom, a court has heard. That is according defence solicitor, John Casey for the accused, Mark Davies, who said that his client was “pushed over the edge” prior to the incident in Jason Morris’s bedroom on September 27 last. At Ennis District Court, Sergeant Louis Moloney said that on the night of the domestic incident at Fountain, Toonagh, outside Ennis, Mark Davies of Lower Market Street, Ennis went into the bedroom of his partner’s son, Jason Morris with a canister of petrol and poured petrol on Mr Morris and his bed. Sergeant Moloney stated that it is alleged that Mr Davies then threatened to set the petrol alight with a lighter. Mr Morris reported the incident to Gardai who arrived and declared the house a crime scene. Personnel from the Clare Fire Service also …

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Clare man refused to call for help while wife had heart attack

A MAN refused a request from his wife, who was suffering from two minor heart attacks, to call an ambulance, a court has heard. At the Family Law Court in Ennis, the woman alleged that she was suffering from chest pains at home when she sought assistance from her husband. The two are married over 40 years and have previously given undertakings in court not to enter each other’s bedrooms and bathrooms at their home. In her application for a Protection Order against her husband, the woman stated after she made the request for the ambulance her husband “told me to f-off and he wouldn’t call an ambulance for me”. The woman told Judge Mary Larkin, “I had to call the ambulance myself and I was brought to hospital.” The chest pains were later diagnosed as two minor hearts on examination at hospital. The woman told Judge Larkin, “He drinks heavily, shouts at me and calls me nasty names. He …

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Armed unit called to expel man from Council house

Court heard homeless man had lived at house with late mother and sister and was trying to ‘get accommodation’ ARMED gardai and a specialist negotiator were deployed after a man barricaded himself into a house in Ennis last week, a court has heard. Ennis District Court last Friday heard the man had been living rough and illegally entered the property in an attempt to secure accommodation. No one was harmed during the incident and the man was subsequently arrested and charged with trespass. Directing the involvement of the probation services, Judge Sandra Murphy said “there is a particular tragic set of circumstances” in the case. The three-hour stand off started shortly after 3pm on May 6 after gardai received a report that a man had barricaded himself into his former home on the outskirts of Ennis. At Ennis District Court last Friday, Garda Eoin McFadden said the 28-year-old man was threatening self harm. The court heard the man was recently …

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Judge requests Gardaí to bring pregnant woman for hospital scan en route to escorting mother of five to jail

A judge has asked Gardaí to bring a pregnant woman to a maternity hospital for a scheduled pregnancy scan en route to escorting the mother of five to Limerick prison. At Ennis District Court, Judge Patrick Durcan admitted that the court request to Gardaí concerning Annie Joyce’s (30) pregnancy scan “is very unusual”. Judge Durcan asked that the maternity hospital in Limerick be advised of the situation and that Ms Joyce can be brought there securely by Gardaí. Judge Durcan said, “I appreciate that there are additional pressures with Covid-19” and in response to Judge Durcan’s request, Sgt Louis Moloney told the judge: “We will do our best.” Judge Durcan made his request after solicitor for Ms Joyce (30) of St Enda’s, Beechpark, Ennis, Tara Godfrey alerted the judge that her client is pregnant and was due to have a medical scan at midday on Thursday at the maternity hospital in Limerick. Ms Godfrey made Judge Durcan aware that Ms …

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