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28 May 2022

Four women fined for violent Longford row

Longford Courthouse.

Four women have been fined for their part in a violent row in Longford town which resulted in another woman receiving a number of punches to her body in front of startled shoppers.

Four women have been fined for their part in a violent row in Longford town which resulted in another woman receiving a number of punches to her body in front of startled shoppers.

Ann Lawrence (59) 17 Camlin Meadows, Farneyhoogan, Longford, Caroline Lawrence (25), 13 The Keys, Market Square, Longford, Mary Lawrence (30), 1 The Hollows, Longford, and Rebecca Lawrence (28) 39 Great Water Street, came before the court following an incident along Longford town's Ballymahon Street on June 5 2019.

The court had previously heard how the incident had stemmed from an ongoing feud with members of a rivalling family.

Fifty-nine-year-old Ann Lawrence was charged with violent disorder, assault causing harm and the production of an article.
Caroline and Rebecca Lawrence were charged with violent disorder and a Section 3 assault.

Mary Lawrence, meanwhile, was charged with violent disorder arising out of the same incident.

The case had been adjourned previously in a bid to ensure there were no further difficulties between either of the parties involved.

When the matter came before Judge Bernadette Owens last Tuesday, the court was told there had been no subsequent incidents of trouble, something defence solicitor John Quinn was quick to vouch for.

“They (defendants) were all extremely cooperative and dealt with the case at the first opportunity,” he said.
Mr Quinn, in continuing his mitigation, implored Judge Owens to look favourably on each of the accused in view of their strained financial circumstances.

“They are finding the cost of living quite difficult,” he added.

Judge Owens fined Ann Lawrence, Caroline Lawrence and Rebecca Lawrence €200 each for the section 3 assault charge, taking all of the accompanying violent disorder charges into consideration.

Mary Lawrence, meanwhile, was fined €200 for her sole section 15 violent disorder charge.

Each of the accused were also given six months to pay their respective fines.

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