Local pig farmer faces prison term

A south Longford pig farmer who was convicted of falsely imprisoning two repossession men and threatening to seriously harm them, will be sent to prison next month, Longford Circuit Court heard.

A south Longford pig farmer who was convicted of falsely imprisoning two repossession men and threatening to seriously harm them, will be sent to prison next month, Longford Circuit Court heard.

Donal Connaughton Elfeet, Newtowncashel appeared before Judge Anthony Hunt, where he was due to be sentenced after he subjected Justin Tighe and Patrick Mulvey to an horrific ordeal in April 2010.

However it emerged that a new legal team was in situ, and additional time was therefore required to address the matters before the court.

Ms Trish Cronin of John Quinn solicitors said that she was seeking time to “instruct counsel”.

“Mr Connaughton is in need if legal advice; some time is required for that, however this matter is dragging on since last December,” Judge Hunt added. “I have a unanimous verdict..... The last legal team held the task of defending the indefensible, so Mr Connaughton will be sentenced in July.”

Judge Hunt ordered Mr Connaughton to appear at Roscommon Circuit Court on July 25 next, adding “he will be sentenced on that date”.

The Judge concluded: “No more Lannigan’s Ball Mr Connaughton with you.”