An Edgeworthstown man charged in connection with a threatening video that was uploaded onto Youtube was denied bail at a court hearing last week.
Kevin Stokes Sr, Lisnanagh, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with distributing, displaying or making representation that was threatening, abusive, insulting or obscene with intent to provoke a breach of the peace at Lisnanagh, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford on January 8, 2014.
The case before the court centred around a video in which Kevin Stokes Sr, who was wearing a balaclava at the time, engaged in a series of threats to his brother and his family who also live in Co Longford.
Gardaí said that there is an ongoing family feud and Judge Hughes alluded to the fact that “someone will be maimed for life” during a previous hearing in which Mr Stokes’ wife and son were jailed for their part in a row with the gardaí over a car that Mr Stokes Jr was driving last February.
It was also alleged that Mr Stokes Sr made threats on the Youtube video to other family members as well as to the gardaí over the jailing of his wife and son who were both convicted of engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour at Strokestown Road, Longford on February 15, 2013. During last week’s hearing, Mr Stokes told Judge Hughes that he was not in a position to pay for his legal team because he had 13 children and was in receipt of Social Welfare. Inspector Padraig Jones then added, “He is a man of reasonable means, judge”.
“I’ll make a liar of the gardaí,” shouted Mr Stokes, “That car I was driving is now parked up because the engine is gone in it; I’m only on the dole. I’m trying to sell my Audi because the engine is gone in it.” Inspector Jones then informed the court about the financial situation at Mr Stokes’ home.
“There is a lot of income coming into that house; there are a number of parties in the house claiming Carers Allowance for each other and there are other payments,” he said.
“I’m on sick benefit for my schizophrenia,” shouted Mr Stokes. Judge Hughes ordered him to provide household income details next week.