15 Aug 2022

Portlaoise man allegedly put own father in fear

Portlaoise man allegedly put own father in fear

A Portlaoise man who allegedly put his father in fear was last week remanded in custody after his father told the court he did not want his son at home.

Niall Connolly (28), with an address at 3 Oaklawn, Ballyfin Road, Portlaoise, was charged with breach of a safety order at the same address, on November 14.

Garda Staunton gave evidence that the injured party, the accused’s father, was put in fear as he believed the accused would hurt him.

She said the accused had no fixed abode and is no longer allowed in the family home. She said the accused had provided her with the details of a possible address, but she had been unable to contact the person he named.

She said it was alleged the accused had punched a door and the injured party feared he would hit him.

The injured party, Mr Connolly gave evidence that he wouldn’t be too happy to have the accused in the house.

He said his son actually needs help.

“I don’t want him at the house the way he is now,” he said.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that while these were serious concerns, they were not directly related to the incident in question.

Judge Catherine Staines said her main concern was the accused’s lack of address.

Ms Fitzpatrick replied that her client would undertake to give an address to the gardaí within 48 hours.

She said the accused was anxious not to remain in custody and he has a place on Coote Street.

Further State’s evidence outlined that on July 16 last, the accused entered a parked vehicle without permission.

All matters were adjourned to November 20, with the accused remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison.

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