Five sent forward for trial over alleged Longford feud hit and run incident

Accused to stand trial at October sessions of circuit court

Liam Cosgrove

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Liam Cosgrove

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Hit and run

The Annaly Car Park in Longford town, where the incident is alleged to have occurred

Four men and a woman from the same family have been sent forward for trial in connection to an alleged feud related hit and run incident in Longford town last year.

 

The incident, which took place in a car park at the rear of Longford Courthouse in April 2019, allegedly caused serious injuries to a man and his two children.

Patrick Lawrence (26), 39 Great Water Street, Longford, Joe Lawrence (40), 17 Camlin Meadows, Townspark, Longford, Daniel Lawrence (29), 13 Ardagh Lodge, Prospect Woods, Longford, David Lawrence (25), 8 Blacklion Estate, Maynooth, Kildare and Rebecca Lawrence (27), 39 Great Water Street, Longford all appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes at Longford District Court.

Patrick Lawrence and Joe Lawrence were both charged with three counts of dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm following an incident at Annaly Car Park, Longford on April 30 2019.

The former was also charged with driving a car at three people which "created a substantial risk of death or serious harm" on the same date.

Daniel and David Lawrence were also sent forward for trial charged with allegedly committing violent disorder during the same incident with the pair likewise being charged with producing a hatchet and hammer respectively.

Rebecca Lawrence, meanwhile, was charged with impeding a prosecution under Section 7 of the Criminal Law Act 1997.
None of the accused spoke during the 15 minute hearing with Judge Hughes granting legal aid to each of the defendants.

They were also given the alibi warning by Judge Hughes, who told them should any of the accused wish to rely on an alibi during the course of their trial, notice must be given to the State within 14 days.

All five were granted bail and are due to appear before a sitting of Longford Circuit Criminal Court on October 6.