16 Aug 2022

Longford District Court: Damaged pier cap in dispute over money

Abbeylara woman in breach of the peace case Dispute over money

Longford District Court: Damaged pier cap in dispute over money

A man who appeared at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged under the Road Traffic Act had his case adjourned until April 15 next.

John Blessington (33), 10 The Rise, Sallins Park, Sallins, Co Kildare appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with driving without insurance at Coolcor, Granard on March 18, 2016.

He was also further charged with being intoxicated in a public place, engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour, driving without a driving licence and damaging a pier cap belonging to Thomas Brady at Coolcor, Granard on the same date.

Outlining the evidence in the case to the court, Garda Justin Browne said that on the date in question the defendant believed that a friend of his in Granard owed him money.

Gda Browne said that Mr Blessington alleges that he had given €2,000 to Mr Brady a while back .

“However Mr Brady says that it was only €1,000 that was required and the money had been returned,” added the Garda.

“On the date in question, Mr Blessington went to the gates of Mr Brady’s house and rang the bell; Mr Brady went to the gates and a verbal altercation ensued.

“In fairness, Mr Blessington was probably goaded but nonetheless he then went to his van and took a blue hose from it.”

The court then heard that Mr Blessington left the area but later returned with a hammer and proceeded to damage new pier caps that Mr Brady had only recently installed.

“He proceeded to hit the caps with the hammer and the gardaí were called,” Garda Browne continued.

“When we arrived I met Mr Blessington on the road and I noticed that the window on his van was broken.

“He was extremely erratic and there was a slight smell of alcohol off him.

“He told me that he had gone for the hair of the dog and had consumed eight Jack Daniels.”

In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor Frank Gearty said his client believed he had been wronged and he went to Mr Brady’s house to try and deal with matters. The solicitor however did admit that the amount of alcohol consumed by his client in his efforts to recover from a hangover due to drinking on St Patrick’s night was excessive.

“It wasn’t just a case of drowning the shamrock - the shamrock was absolutely pulverised,” Mr Gearty added.

Judge Hughes subsequently imposed conditional bail on Mr Blessington and ordered him to reside at the address in Co Kildare.

The defendant was also told to stay away from Mr Brady and from Granard except when he was working at a local factory.

The matter was subsequently adjourned until later this month.

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