Two ac­cuse each other after fight in the street

TWO WOMEN HAD THEIR CASES DIS­MISSED AFTER BE­ING BOTH WIT­NESS AND DE­FEN­DANT AFTER ROW

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JACKIE Murphy (37) 7 Beech­wood Park Kil­coole, and Sacheem Travers (38) 51 Far­rankelly Close, Grey­stones, both ap­peared in court last week as de­fen­dants and wit­nesses in the same case.

Murphy was ac­cused of as­sault caus­ing harm at Pri­est­new­town in Del­gany on June 9; while Travers was ac­cused of disor­derly con­duct in a pub­lic place at 51 Far­rankelly close on the same night. Judge Wil­liam Hamill ul­ti­mately dis­missed both mat­ters but he re­marked that this was not on the mer­its of the case but le­gal tech­ni­cal­i­ties.

Garda Barney Car­roll at­tended Travers’ ad­dress at 3.30 a.m. on June 9. She said she had been as­saulted by Murphy and that Murphy’s part­ner Wil­liam Smith had threat­ened her with a gun. She said that Murphy had bit­ten her arm and pulled hair from her head. Murphy had been at Travers’ house ear­lier that night. She said that she had also been as­saulted and showed the garda a lump of hair she said had been pulled from her head. Garda Car­roll said that Wil­liam Smith’s legally held guns were re­moved from his home while the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing but have since been re­turned. Sacheem Travers said Murphy asked for a phone. ‘I took it out of the stereo and gave it to her be­fore I went to the loo but I hadn’t taken off the screen lock.’ Mean­while, a man whom she knows as Melly Daly was pass­ing the house, she said, and loaned Murphy his phone. Travers said that Murphy re­fused to re­turn ei­ther phone and left, go­ing up the road. She fol­lowed her, and was at­tacked, she said. Travers said she fol­lowed her again, as far as the drive­way of her house. She said that Smith then came out of the house with a gun. Murphy said that there no is­sue with a phone but that when this Melly Daly ar­rived, an ar­gu­ment broke out be­tween him­self and Travers. ‘He said he had given her tablets and he wanted ei­ther the tablets or the money. Ev­ery­one else had gone. I got my bag and left.’ She said that Travers fol­lowed her out, de­mand­ing to know why she was go­ing. Gardai told the court that Daly left the scene and made it very clear on the night that he had no wish to be in­volved or co­op­er­ate. Wil­liam Smith also said he never came out on the road, nor did he bran­dish any gun.

Solic­i­tor for Sacheem Travers, Con­way O’Hara said that his client was fac­ing charges at her ad­dress, 51 Far­rankelly Close, how­ever no ev­i­dence had been given of any­thing ac­tu­ally oc­cur­ring at the house. Solic­i­tor Joe Maguire said that Jackie Murphy acted in self de­fence.

‘ The whole thing is to­tally un­sat­is­fac­tory,’ said Judge Hamill as he dis­missed the charges.’

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