Longford District Court: Trio on criminal damage charges

News Reporter


News Reporter



A father and his two sons accused of trespass and criminal damage arising from incidents in Newtownforbes and Longford last year will have to wait to see whether the charges levelled against them are to be dropped.

Kevin Stokes (45), Kevin Stokes (25) and Dylan Stokes (19), all of Lisnanagh, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford stand charged with damaging a grey Citroen car and black VW Passat at Park Road, Longford on November 26 2017 under Section 2 of the Criminal Damage Act 1994.

The trio have also been charged with engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour at the same location in accordance with Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994.

A further charge of trespassing at Apartment 12 Berkeley, The Court Yard, Newtownforbes six days previously was similarly handed down.
All three appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes at last week’s District Court sitting where they were accompanied by an unidentified male and female.

When the case was called, the woman called for the charges against the men to be thrown out.
“It was a misunderstanding,” she told the Judge.
“It’s been sorted. We are family.”

Inspector Blaíthín Moran said the State’s hands were tied over the alleged incidents.

“She did make very clear and concise complaints,” said Inspector Moran.

The Garda Inspector intimated that the case file would more than likely still go to the Director of Public Prosecutions despite the apparent insistence of the injured party to withdraw her complaint.

Judge Hughes consequently remanded all three on continuing bail to appear back at a sitting of Longford District Court on March 13.

An application made by defence solicitor Brid Mimnagh to relax bail conditions compelling them to steer clear of Longford town and Newtownforbes was likewise rejected by the judge.