The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - FRONT PAGE -

TWO Lis­towel youths ac­cused of beat­ing two men sense­less in sep­a­rate at­tacks just min­utes apart in the town last month were warned by a dis­trict court judge that if they so much as ‘ breathe in the wrong di­rec­tion’ they will go to jail.

Thomas Dig­gin, 10 Baile O Dub­hda, John B Keane Road, and Finn Scratch­ley, Dromerin, Lis­towel, were each charged with the as­sault of an Ai­den O’Sul­li­van and Joseph Shine on Au­gust 18 last. Mr O’Sul­li­van was ‘all of a sud­den set upon’ by two youths who punched and kicked him re­peat­edly into the face on Wil­liam Street at 1.30am on the date, Sgt Kieran O’Con­nell told Judge James O’Con­nor at Lis­towel Dis­trict Court on Thurs­day.

Mr O’Sul­li­van suf­fered a bro­ken nose, two bro­ken front teeth and re­quired 14 stitches to his face as a re­sult of the bru­tal at­tack.

25 min­utes later and half a mile away, Mr Shine was ‘ set upon’ by two young men just as he reached the drive­way to his home, as they kicked him re­peat­edly to the face and body, caus­ing what gardaí de­scribed as ‘se­vere swelling’.

Mr Dig­gin (18) and Mr Scratch­ley (19) were charged with as­sault caus­ing harm to both men. Judge O’Con­nor ac­cepted ju­ris­dic­tion in the case af­ter hear­ing the State’s ev­i­dence.

He re­manded both in cus­tody with con­sent to con­tin­u­ing bail on their own bond of €1,000 ahead of an Oc­to­ber 19 re­turn date - on con­di­tion they ob­serve a cur­few of be­tween 11 and 8am and sign on reg­u­larly at Lis­towel Garda Sta­tion. Judge O’Con­nor is­sued each the same stark warn­ing: “If you so much as breathe in the wrong di­rec­tion, open your mouth to any­one or mess around with any­one you will be go­ing to jail”.

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