Jail term imposed over bloody affray at north Monaghan hotel

14 January 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A DUBLIN man was jailed for two years, with the latter six months of the sentence suspended, by Judge John O”Hagan at Monaghan Circuit Court on Tuesday last when he appeared on charges arising from a violent affray at the Sliabh Beagh Hotel two years ago when a row developed among several patrons who arrived at the premises, after attending a wedding party.
Michael O’Donnell, aged 27, with an address at Finglas, was charged along with Brian O’Donnell, aged 20, also from Finglas, arising from the incident.
Mr. Frank Martin B.L. instructed by Mr. Barry Healy, State Solr., prosecuted. Mr. Damien Rudden solr., represented the accused, along with counsel.
Garda Sergt. Yvonne Martin, Monaghan, outlined to the judge the violent scenes witnessed as she was called to the hotel incident.
She said there was “absolute mayhem” at the premises with a number of persons bloodied and injured.
The garda sergeant told the court that what she had seen at the premises was the most frightening experience she ever experienced during her service as a member of the gardai.
The court heard that a screw-driver, an axe, and claw-hammer were being used in the row, and these weapons had been brought out from a hold-all, that was in the boot of a vehicle by Michael O’Donnell, during the height of the affray.
The prosecution said CCTV had captured some of the violent scenes involving the parties.
The court heard that one of those badly injured in the affray had however declined to give evidence against either of the accused.
Judge O’Hagan convicting Michael O’Donnell, who pleaded guilty, imposed a two-year sentence, but agreed to suspend the final six months. In the case against Brian O’Donnell, the judge adjourned the charges to a further sitting at Cavan on March 8th next.
The judge said that if Michael O’Donnell had not pleaded guilty, and was convicted, he would have been facing a jail term of at least five years.

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