MOMS’ FISTICUFFS OVER PLAYSCHOOL BUL­LY­ING

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By COURT RE­PORTER

A CLAIM that a child was bul­ly­ing an­other at playschool led to fisticuffs be­tween the chil­dren’s moth­ers on a street in Lis­towel, as they laid into each other while passersby were go­ing about their busi­ness at 1.10pm in the day.

Sarah Patwell, 53 Slí na Spéire, Lis­towel, and Breda Mulc­ahy, 8 Lios­dara, Lis­towel, ap­peared be­fore Judge James O’Con­nor at Lis­towel Dis­trict Court on Thurs­day aris­ing from the in­ci­dent that oc­curred on the Bal­ly­go­logue Road in Lis­towel on May 6 of last year.

They pleaded guilty to the charge of act­ing in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner. Ms Patwell pleaded guilty to the fur­ther charge of possess­ing a knife - af­ter gardaí dis­cov­ered a stan­ley blade in her child’s buggy. Her so­lic­i­tor Pa Daly em­pha­sised that the blade had not been pro­duced in the course of the fight.

So­lic­i­tor for Ms Mulc­ahy, Robin Lee, told the Court that the pair had not sought each other out on the day, but had crossed paths by chance.

Ms Mulc­ahy mean­while ex­plained that the fight had been sparked by the bul­ly­ing claims: “She (Ms Patwell) said that my daugh­ter was bul­ly­ing her daugh­ter.”

Both chil­dren were aged 4 and in playschool, the Court heard.

Judge James O’Con­nor di­rected that he would strike out the charges on con­di­tion both women make a pay­ment of €500 into the Court Poor Box by De­cem­ber 7 next.

He re­served a warn­ing for Ms Mulc­ahy as she had a num­ber of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions:

“If you come again be­fore the Court over any­thing you will go to jail, kids or no kids,” Judge O’Con­nor warned.

The case is ad­journed un­til the De­cem­ber 7 sit­ting to al­low the par­ties time to pre­pare the re­quired con­tri­bu­tions.

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