Sus­pended sen­tence for three peo­ple in­volved in hous­ing es­tate clashes


Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

THREE peo­ple who were in­volved in an al­ter­ca­tion at an Adamstown hous­ing es­tate have been given 12-month sus­pended prison sen­tences.

Sean Ma­hon, 5 Moun­tain View, Rath­nure; Sarah Ma­hon, 13 Wood­view Drive, Adamstown and Paul Fo­ley, also of 13 Wood­view Drive, Adamstown, all pleaded guilty to a charge of af­fray when they ap­peared be­fore Wex­ford Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court.

Garda Derek Cam­pion told the court that all three were in­volved in a dis­tur­bance at Wood­view Drive, Adamstown, on De­cem­ber 6. 2015.

Gar­dai were ini­tially called to deal with an in­ci­dent where a Sean Hur­ley, along with other in­di­vid­u­als, had tried to gain ac­cess to his daugh­ter at No 13 Wood­view Drive.

When Mr Hur­ley was re­fused en­try, he re­turned to an­other house in Wood­view Drive, where he had been drink­ing ear­lier in the evening.

Gar­dai spoke with the in­jured party at No 13, who had been babysit­ting the child for her mother, Sarah Ma­hon, who was not at the house.

Garda Cam­pion said they spoke with the in­di­vid­u­als who had called to No 13, with an­other per­son ad­mit­ting to caus­ing dam­age to the prop­erty.

Gar­dai were about to leave the es­tate when a car con­tain­ing Sean and Sarah Ma­hon, their fa­ther Philip Ma­hon and Paul Fo­ley en­tered the es­tate.

The oc­cu­pants of the car got out and went over to Mr Hur­ley. A scuf­fle broke out in­volv­ing Mr Hur­ley, Sean Ma­hon and Paul Fo­ley. Garda Cam­pion said Fo­ley knocked Mr Hur­ley to the ground and was punched and kicked to the head.

A woman then emerged from a house and was in­volved in an al­ter­ca­tion with Sarah Ma­hon. Philip Ma­hon at­tempted to calm the sit­u­a­tion, which oc­curred in full view of gar­dai.

Garda Cam­pion said Sara Ma­hon had five pre­vi­ous road traf­fic con­vic­tions, Paul Fo­ley had 69 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for road traf­fic, pub­lic or­der and crim­i­nal dam­age of­fences while Sean Ma­hon had five pre­vi­ous road traf­fic con­vic­tions.

De­fence coun­sel Dy­lan Red­mond, for Sarah Ma­hon, told the court that his client re­ceived a tele­phone call re­lat­ing to an in­ci­dent at her house in­volv­ing three men where a win­dow had been dam­aged.

By her own ad­mis­sion, she lost her tem­per due to fam­ily na­ture of the mat­ter. Ms Ma­hon has ex­pressed her em­bar­rass­ment and re­morse at what had hap­pened, said Mr Red­mond. She is the mother of three chil­dren and is a low risk of re-of­fend­ing. She has not come to the at­ten­tion of gar­dai since.

De­fence coun­sel Liam Stafford, for Paul Fo­ley, said his client has an un­for­tu­nate his­tory of of­fend­ing. Fo­ley lives with Sarah Ma­hon in Adamstown and they have a one-year-old daugh­ter to­gether. Mr Stafford said al­co­hol also played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the in­ci­dent.

Ms Jac­que­line Cur­ran, De­fence Coun­sel for Sean Ma­hon, said he had never come to the at­ten­tion of the court ex­cept for mi­nor traf­fic of­fences. She said that the Pro­ba­tion and Wel­fare re­port is very favourable to­wards him.

Judge Quinn said he would im­pose a 12-month prison sen­tence on each de­fen­dant, but would sus­pend the sen­tence in its en­tirety, on each en­ter­ing their own bond of €200 to keep the peace for 12 months from the day of the court.

In re­la­tion to Sarah Ma­hon he also or­dered her to come un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vices for twelve months, while Paul Fo­ley was also or­dered to en­ter a bond to come un­der Pro­ba­tion Ser­vices for two years from the day of the hear­ing.

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