A FAMILY feud in which empty bottles, a metal bar and a pair of men’s boots were hurled between the parties landed three men in the district court last week on public order charges.
Christopher Nevin, formerly College Avenue, Mountmellick, but now Mullingar; Hugh Nevin, 7 College Avenue; and John Nevin, 21 Grove Park, Mountmellick, were all charged with threatening or abusive behaviour, at College Avenue, Mountmellick, on September 6 last year.
Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that the incident occurred at 6am. A garda patrol observed a van being driven by John Nevin pulling up outside Christopher Nevin’s apartment. Christopher Nevin was on the balcony of the apartment and he and John began roaring and shouting at each other. Christopher started throwing empty bottles down, to which John took off his own boots and threw them up at Christopher. John Nevin then took a metal bar from the van and threw it at Christopher, before he next threw up a bottle.
Hugh Nevin has no previous convictions; Christopher Nevin has 49; John Nevin has 31.
Defence for all three was Mr Philip Meagher, who told the court there was a history between the family members. Mr Meagher said that Hugh had been driving his uncle John out of the estate on the morning when there was contact from the apartment above and so they stopped.
“The public shouldn’t be subjected to incidents like this,” admitted Mr Meagher.
Judge Staines ruled that as Hugh Nevin had played a minor role she would apply the probation act. She sentenced Christopher and John Nevin to 100 hours’ community service in lieu of three months in prison.