5 August 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A judge at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has applied the Probation Act to a South Monaghan man who was charged with reckless discharge of a shotgun after he shot and injured a burglar at his elderly father’s farm.

51 year old Richard Lowndes of Drummond, Inniskeen, grabbed his father’s legally held shotgun and pursued the burglar and shot him as he tried to make his getaway by driving across a field.
On April 12, 2012 Matthew Fahey went to the 79-year-old farmer’s door in Swords, Co Dublin and claimed his car had broken down. Shortly afterwards, he burgled the house.

A short time later the farmer’s son arrived at the house and found it had been broken into and ransacked. He then saw tyre tracks leading away from the house across a field and heard noise from that direction. He followed the noise, confronted Fahey and fired his shotgun at the burglar.
That evening Fahey presented himself to a hospital Emergency Department with 17 shotgun pellets in his arm.

Gardaí were alerted and later arrested him. They also interviewed Lowndes about the use of his father’s certified shotgun without a certificate.
Richard Lowndes pleaded guilty at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to a lesser offence of unlawful possession of a shotgun without a firearms certificate at Kilsallaghan on the date in April.

The charge of reckless discharge was dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Counsel for the defence said that Lowndes had worked all his life and was a long distance haulage driver.

Judge Martin Nolan gave Lowndes the benefit of the Probation Act, saying his actions could have changed his life if things had happened differently.
He warned Lowndes that it wasn’t wise to act when he was upset but he had great sympathy for rural dwellers who were at risk of being burgled.
Last year, Matthew Fahey, previously of Cappagh Road, Finglas received a sentence of six years with four suspended after pleading guilty to the burglary and to another one in Swords on the same date.

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