Man appeals assault

A MOUNTRATH farmer convicted of assaulting his neighbour has appealed a district court ruling ordering him to compensate the injured party.

A MOUNTRATH farmer convicted of assaulting his neighbour has appealed a district court ruling ordering him to compensate the injured party.

77-year-old Tom Lawlor, of Portlaoise Road, Mountrath, was convicted before Christmas of assaulting Mr Daniel Phelan at Trumera, Mountrath, on November 15, 2011. The court heard that the assault took place over a disputed right of way between the two parties’ properties.

Mr Phelan gave evidence that Lawlor grabbed him, spun him round and struck him twice with his fist. Mr Phelan said he was left with a bloodshot eye and a bloodied nose and had to attend his doctor’s.

Lawlor denied assaulting Mr Phelan and claimed that Mr Phelan’s injuries may have happened when the two of them fell into a ditch while struggling.

After hearing the case, Judge Catherine Staines fined Lawlor €500 and ordered him to write a letter of apology to Mr Phelan, with the matter put back to January 10.

At last week’s court, defence for Lawlor told the judge that his client had neither the money nor the letter of apology, as having considered all the indications of the court Lawlor intended appealing the judge’s earlier decision.

Lawlor was granted bail of €100, with an independent cash surety of €300.