Letterkenny Courthouse

A LETTERKENNY man was arrested on Sunday after producing a hammer during the course of a dispute.

John McGinley (39), with an address at Glenwood Park, Letterkenny, appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged in connection with the incident, at another address at Glenwood Park, on Sunday last, September 20.

McGinley was arrested by Gardaí at 2.30pm and charged at 11.32pm.

When charged, McGinley told Gardaí: “I didn’t assault anyone. I’m the victim.”

Gardaí objected to bail, due to the seriousness of the charge and the likely interference with witnesses.

Garda Nugent said: “There are three statements from injured parties and witnesses and they positively identify the defendant. They reside 100 metres apart and therefore there is the possibility of interference.”

Solicitor for McGinley, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said there had been no previous interference and he applied for bail.

“My client gave a full statement,” Mr Gallagher said, “and there is an investigation ongoing where my client is the victim.

“There is no viable opposition and it is quite clear that Mr McGinley should be bailed.”

Sergeant Jim Collins said he was not aware of any history between the parties concerned.

Judge Paul Kelly granted bail in McGinley’s own bond of €250. He is not to commit any further offence, is to have no contact with any witnesses in the case and to stay out of the vicinity of the other party’s home.

Judge Kelly told McGinley: “If you come across the complainants or any witness, turn and walk away; don’t engage in any way, shape or form or your bail could be revoked.”

The case was adjourned until November 23.



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