Father’s assault led to son’s ire

A STRADBALLY man who attempted to lash out at the person who he thought was responsible for an assault on his father was convicted of threatening behaviour and fined at last week’s district court in Portlaoise.

A STRADBALLY man who attempted to lash out at the person who he thought was responsible for an assault on his father was convicted of threatening behaviour and fined at last week’s district court in Portlaoise.

Before the court was Daniel Laffan, with an address at 28 Cillbeg Manor, Stradbally.

Inspector Declan Dunne gave evidence that gardaí were dealing with an incident in Lyster Square, Portlaoise, on June 21. While a garda was speaking to a witness, Laffan ran at both of them and went to lash out at the witness. He was subsequently arrested.

Laffan has three previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Declan Breen said the incident had happened in the morning time and no drink had been consumed. Laffan, a 29-year-old self employed mechanic, had been working on an engine when he received a telephone call from his father. His father had been the victim of an assault during an incident of road rage and Laffan dropped everything to get to Lyster Square.

It took Laffan around an hour to get to Lyster Square and when he arrived he saw his father lying against a wall with a bandage around his head, bleeding profusely. Laffan saw the garda interviewing a person and the person “smirked” at him, which “ignited a fuse”.

“He made a go for the person involved,” said Mr Breen. “He regrets his anger.”

Mr Breen went on to say that the injury to Laffan’s father had been quite serious, as a few days later they discovered he had a fractured skull. Defence also pointed out that Laffan’s previous convictions were historical, with the last one being 2002. Laffan is in the first year of his business as a self employed mechanic and has no steady income.

“Anger got the better of him and he apologises,” said Mr Breen.

Judge Alan Mitchell told Laffan that the gardaí have a difficult job to do and his actions had interfered with that.

The judge convicted and fined him €300.