10 Aug 2022

Portlaoise father and son in violent family dispute in public

Portlaoise man's prison sentence adjourned as he is engaging with Traveller mediation

Portlaoise father and son in violent family dispute in public

A Portlaoise man sentenced to jail for his part in a violent family dispute in a local fast food outlet has had the sentence adjourned under appeal by Portlaoise Circuit Court as he is engaging in Traveller conflict mediation.

Charles McDonagh (48), 4 Highfield Meadows, Borris Road, Portlaoise, was sentenced to ten months in jail at Portlaoise District Court back in September for violent disorder; and his son Keith McDonagh (19), of the same address, was sentenced to six months for violent disorder, and criminal damage.

The offences were committed at Del Pappas Pizza, Main Street, Portlaoise.

On March 27, 2016, at 2.50am, there was a large fight in the fast food restaurant in which Charles McDonagh acted in an extremely violent manner, punching and kicking numerous people.

Keith McDonagh also acted in an extremely violent manner, kicking out and punching people. He was also observed on CCTV smashing two large windows with his fist.

The district court was told that the dispute was a family matter.

Charles McDonagh had eight previous convictions, including public order offences and assault.

Keith McDonagh also had previous convictions, including public order matters, obstructing a peace officer and assault.

When the appeal came before Portlaoise Circuit Court recently, solicitor, Mr Philip Meagher said that Charles McDonagh had engaged in Traveller mediation and was cooperating with the psychiatric services. In those circumstances, Mr Meagher asked the court to adjourn the matter.

Judge Keenan Johnson adjourned the case to April 11, binding the appellant to a peace bond of €500. Conditions are that McDonagh must continue to attend anger management and mediation services.

In the case of Keith McDonagh, barrister, Mr Colm Hennessy said his client wished to withdraw the appeal.

Judge Johnson struck out the appeal and confirmed the district court order.

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