Attanagh farmer avoids spell in jail

A FARMER who assaulted a woman and two men in Ballinakill and damaged a garda station on the same night has received a suspended jail sentence.

A FARMER who assaulted a woman and two men in Ballinakill and damaged a garda station on the same night has received a suspended jail sentence.

Philip Doheny of Russellstown, Attanagh appeared before Judge William Early with a total of €1,265 in compensation for victims he had assaulted on August 7 last year.

The, accused who is aged 40, wanted to unreservedly apologise for attacking two men and a woman in Ballinakill.

He head-butted one man, struck another and assaulted a woman. On the same night he stuffed a blanket into the toilet at Abbeyleix Garda Station, causing damage.

Solicitor Philip Meagher said alcohol had been a factor in his client’s “very inappropriate behaviour,” but said he is now motivated and also has no money for alcohol.

He said the Doheny was well regarded in the cattle industry as a good judge of cattle and is now helping a local farmer.

He cut short his 12 week residential course at Cuan Mhuire to take up part time work.

Apart from some lapses at birthdays and anniversaries which remind him of family issues, Doheny is doing well, Mr Meagher said and it had taken a huge effort to gather the compensation.

He had not been able to attend probation meetings because he got caught up on emergencies on the farm Mr Meagher said, adding that his client is a nervous individual who is not good at multi-tasking or rearranging appointments.

Judge Early imposed concurrent four month sentences which he suspended for two years, ordering that Doheny be subject to a probation bond for the first six months.