A 29 year old man who Gardai spotted carrying a machete after his house was attacked was sentenced to 100 hours community service at Dundalk district court last week, after the court heard there was a positive report on the accused.
Michael O’Connor with an address at Aghameen Park, Muirhevnamor, had previously admitted a charge of violent disorder arising out of the incident at Clontigora Court on April 15th last year.
An earlier sitting of the court was told that the defendant’s family home had come under attack earlier that day and Gardai had followed a Ford car they believed was involved in the attack.
They found the car and the driver at Clontigora Court and the accused who had a machete along with others - one of whom had an axe and another a sledgehammer, moved towards the car ‘ to do it damage’ but Gardai prevented anything happening.
The court heard the driver didn’t make a complaint to Gardai and the house had been attacked about half an hour earlier for no obvious reason and the accused had been ‘ highly excitable’ about what happened.
The defendant also pleaded guilty to causing around €400 worth of damage to a car on Park Street on November third last year, where gardai saw him jumping on the bonnet of a Toyota Avensis. He was arrested for criminal damage and for being very drunk.
The next day, on Francis Street Gardai saw Michael O’Connor in an altercation with another man and he was arrested for being drunk and abusive.
The court further heard that two days before Christmas, Gardai had to use pepper spray to arrest the accused after he became abusive to them when they came across him on the Ramparts.
On New Year’s Day, Gardai again came across O’Connor at Slieve Foy Park where he was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place.
The court heard O’Connor has a number of previous convictions, including one for violent disorder in 2004 and he had been remanded in custody on January 2nd for a week.
The Defence solicitor said his client’s family had managed to get the €400 compensation together.
He said the incident at the house had led to the machete incident half an hour later.
Last Wednesday Judge William Hamill imposed 100 hours community service instead of a three month jail term.