Judge: ‘You can’t take the law into your own hands’
A FATHER who followed his 19-year old daughter because he believed she was taking drugs and instead found her in a compromising position with a 44year old man, was so enraged that he broke down the door of the house and threatened the man with a pot of boiling tea he grabbed from the table.
Patrick Moriarty of 10 Avenue Drive, Glenbeigh was accompanied by his son, Keith, on the night in question and came before Cahersiveen District Court on a number of charges relating to the incident at Bunglasha North, Glencar, on January 11. His son, Keith, also came before the court on a charges relating to the incident.
Defence solicitor, Paul O’Donoghue said that there was a ‘history to the incident’. He told the court that Mr Moriarty’s daughter, Laura, had begun a ‘clandestine relationship’ with a 44-year-old man. The family had become suspicious as she had a change in personality and they feared that she was taking drugs. They were not aware of the relationship.
On January 11, Laura left the house and both Patrick and Keith followed her. She was collected near a hotel and they followed her to the house and looked in the window.
“They were concerned for her. The parties were in a position that enraged the father,” Mr O’Donoghue said.
Patrick and Keith knocked on the door before breaking it down to gain entry. They also broke the windows.
The 44-year-old grabbed an empty shotgun and pointed it at Mr Moriarty and they grappled and fell to the floor. Mr Moriarty picked up a pot of boiling tea and threatened to pour it over him. “He was enraged in what his daughter was engaged in with a 44-year old man. The family are torn apart by it,” added Mr O’Donoghue.
Arising out of the incident Mr Moriarty and his son, Keith, came before the court and Keith was on bail when a second incident occurred in the Rowantree bar in Glencar on March 28.
During this incident Keith Moriarty and his brother, Shane, both followed the 44-year-old into the toilets of the local bar. Shane and the man ended up in a brawl on the toilet floor and later Keith struck him while he was outside having a cigarette.
Shane and Keith were both charged with assault causing harm arising out of the incident.
Mr Patrick Moriarty was charged with entering the house of the man with intent to commit a crime under section 12 burglary arising out of the incident at his home.
Mr O’Donoghue said that the incident in the pub occurred when words were exchanged between the parties which arose out of the inappropriate relationship. The relationship has since ended and the family have been reunited, the court was told.
Judge David Waters said that the defendants were ‘blaming someone else’ for what went on.
He said that Mr Moriarty should be going to prison ‘for taking the law into his own hands’ like he did. “I am strongly tempted to imprison him. He has shown little remorse and is blaming the victim. People do not take the law into their own hands. By any stretch of the imagination he should be going to prison. I don’t believe there is an ounce of remorse. The attitude is that it was justified.”
He imposed a five month jail suspended jail sentence on Patrick Moriarty. Keith Moriarty was given a three month jail sentence for assault causing harm at the Rowantree Bar.
Judge David Waters said that Mr Keith Moriarty said he was remorseful but eight weeks later following the incident at the house he did it again.
Mr O’Donoghue said that it was ‘devastating’ for Keith to end up in jail.
Mr Shane Moriarty was also convicted and fined €500 for assault causing harm arising out of the same incident.