Guilty plea for assault

A DUNDALK man pleaded guilty to the assault of an Achill man and falsely imprisoning him and his wife in their home at a recent sitting of Castlebar Circuit Court.

A DUNDALK man pleaded guilty to the assault of an Achill man and falsely imprisoning him and his wife in their home at a recent sitting of Castlebar Circuit Court.

Michael McMahon of 3 Ashlawn, The Loakers, Blackrock, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Seán Lavelle at the Tower Road, Dooagh, Achill on February 14, 2010.

Mr McMahon also pleaded guilty to the false imprisonment of Seán and Emer Lavelle in their home at the Tower Road, Dooagh on the same date.

The offences arising from the guilty plea occurred around 8.30pm on St Valentines Day when the couple were tied up and beaten in their home by two men.

However, the pair were forced to flee when they were disturbed by a neighbour and they were subsequently arrested at Owenduff Bridge between Mulranny and Tonragee at around 9.40pm.

The other person involved in the attack and arrested on the night was Mr McMahon’s late brother Seamus who was murdered in Dundalk in March 2010.

Seamus, aged 41, was shot on March 21, 2010 when two men entered a house at Bothar Croinn in Saltown, Dundalk where he was visiting a female friend.

Gardaí believe up to three men were involved in the attack, which occurred shortly before 7pm. The third man waited in a white hatchback and helped the two gunmen to escape from the scene of the crime.

The men who entered the apartment were described a tall and wearing dark coloured hooded tops. Sentencing of Michael McMahon was adjourned until January 16, 2012 after the production of a victim impact statement.