Three men have been remanded in custody and two juveniles remanded on bail this morning, after they appeared in court charged with a violent disorder incident, which occurred in Longford town last June.
Denis Hannifin (39), Curry, Athlone Road, Longford, Thomas Hannifin (41), Dublin Road, Longford, Willie Hannifin (33), Knockahaw, Dublin Road Longford, and two juveniles appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes at Longford District Court.
All five were arrested this morning and charged with violent disorder by Gda John Hanley. Two of the accused were also charged with possession of knives and a third was charged with possession of an axe.
The incident occurred on June 2, 2019 at approximately 5pm at Texaco filling station on the Dublin Road, Gda Hanley explained to the court.
“The injured party was in the shop,” he said, adding that a fight started and escalated outside.
“Five people arrived and one suspect went into the shop while the other four waited outside in the jeep. Something happened inside, which spilled out into the carpark. Two males then exited the jeep and went to the front of the shop,” Gda Hanley continued.
“One of them punched the injured party and one of them pulled a knife up his back, stabbing him. There was still punching going on and, as the injured party got up, the fourth suspect swung an axe.
“They then separated and got back into the jeep and the victim managed to run away to the road. There was a slash on his back, through his clothing. He needed 12 stitches and was hospitalised but was checked out that evening.”
The axe and knives used in the attack were not found, Gda Hanley said, but there is CCTV of very good quality which clearly shows all five of the accused. The victim himself also made a statement and identified the five accused.
Due to the seriousness of the charges before the court, Judge Hughes refused jurisdiction. Sergeant Paddy McGirl, on behalf of the State, explained that DPP directions were for trial on indictment.
He proceeded to remand Denis Hannifin, Thomas Hannifin and Willie Hannifin in custody to a sitting of Longford District Court next Tuesday, April 14.
In the case of the two juveniles, Judge Hughes said that he would consider bail with strict conditions if they could provide €3,000 in cash surety.
“I want them to have skin in the game because there is ongoing intimidation and they’ll lose their money if they breach their bail,” he said.
Later this afternoon, the mothers of the two juveniles returned to court with the money and the pair were remanded on bail to June 23 for DPP directions.
For more, see next week's Longford Leader.