Castletown chainsaw fright

A family row in Castletown resulted in a man fetching a chainsaw from the shed and returning to the house with the power tool running to frighten his adopted sister.

A family row in Castletown resulted in a man fetching a chainsaw from the shed and returning to the house with the power tool running to frighten his adopted sister.

Arising from the incident, Dermot Morrin, with an address listed at Aughagan, Castletown, was last week charged with assault as his home address.

The offence occurred on November 22 this year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence at last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court.

He said that there was a family row on that date and Morrin went to the shed to get a chainsaw.

Morrin came back into the house with the chainsaw running and threatened his family members.

Insp Farrelly said that the defendant’s mother, father and sister were present. The assault was on his sister and was in the form of a threat with the chainsaw.

Defence was Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick.

Ms Fitzpatrick explained that an argument had occurred on the date between Morrin and his adopted sister and adopted parents.

She said that neighbours called into the house and Morrin went to the shed to get the chainsaw.

When the gardaí arrived Morrin went with them quietly, defence said.

Ms Fitzpatrick concluded by saying there were background circumstances to the incident, and she told the court that Morrin had since written a letter of apology to his sister.

Judge Catherine Staines ordered a probation report on Morrin.

The matter was put back to March 5 next year, for the outcome of the probation report.