Judge: ‘You can’t take the law into your own hands’

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLE­HER

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.