A Monasterevin man who approached and threatened his neighbour while she was parking her car in a local supermarket car park appeared before Portlaoise District Court, last week.
Keith Cash, 15 The Glebe, Monasterevin was before the court charged with threatening and abusive behaviour on September 13, last year.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly said there was a history between the defendant and the injured party.
“He approached and threatened the injured party when she was parking her car. Her daughter was with her. There was history between the two parties,” Insp Farrelly said.
The court heard that Cash had 22 previous convictions.
Philip Meagher, defending, said this matter was related to another case which Judge Catherine Staines had previously heard.
“My client was cutting hedges and he was approached by this couple,” Mr Meagher said to refresh the judge’s memory.
That case had been adjourned for compensation.
Mr Meagher said on this occassion, Cash’s children had been playing in a green area catching butterflies, the lady thought they were interfereing with the hedges and she remonstrated with them.
Mr Meagher said that Cash’s children were upset by the incident.
“Days later in the car park, my client went over to the window of this lady’s car and wagged his fingetr and asked her not to give out to his children again.
The defending solicitor said the injured party’s daughter was in her 30’s and not a child and did not wish to make a statement.
Judge Staines read a statement from the injured party and also a cautioned statement which Cash made to Gardaí.
Inspector Farrelly said there was CCTV footage of the incident but there was no audio.
“These are the kind of incidents between neighbours that get out of hand, relationships get worse and then the kids get brought in,” Judge Staines said.
She enquired if there was an Garda mediation services that might be able to intervene.
Adjounring the case to November 14, the Judge orderd Cash to write a full letter of apology explaining himself.