Man who punched car in long-running dispute has ‘wrong perception of life’

April 5, 2018

A Donegal man who punched a car causing damage to the back panel has ‘the wrong perception of life’, a court has been told.

Wesley McKnight (24), with an address in Muff, was before Letterkenny District Court after an alleged incident on Friday, June 11, 2014 at Ramelton.

Inspector Barry Doyle said that Raymond Murray made a complaint to Milford Garda Station that his Honda Civic had been damaged.

Garda Carty was told by Mr Reilly that he had been outside Conway’s when he heard a loud bang and saw Wesley and Margaret McKnight standing at the passenger side of the car.

McKnight admitted punching the back panel of the car, causing €250 worth of damage.

McKnight, the court heard, had a previous conviction from October 2015 of assault causing harm to the same injured party.

The court was told that ‘an ex-girlfriend is involved’ in the dispute between the parties.

“There was no malice from Mr McKnight,” defending solicitor Patsy Gallagher said.

“These matters go back a number of years and there is another matter for Carndonagh court that goes back a while.

“It could be classed as extremely childish the way they have dealt with matters. He has the wrong perception of life, but he accepts that it happened and wants to move on.”

Mr Gallagher said his client was under the care of his parents, who have ‘serious health issues’

The matter was adjourned until June 21, with the Carndonagh court matter put back to the same date. Judge Paul Kelly called for a probation report in the case.