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24 May 2022

Charge for affray in Dundalk struck out

Charge for affray in Dundalk struck out

A 20 year old man who was charged with affray over an incident in the Francis Street area of the town, had a minor role in what occurred and only intervened when his friend “came under pressure”, Dundalk District Court was told last week.

The court heard last Wednesday a taxi driver in a minibus which had carried two assault victims away from the scene of the affray, had flagged down a garda on March 15th 2020.

Photographs of their injuries were taken at Dundalk Garda Station and Ryan Meegan of Dundalk Road, Newtownhamilton, Co. Armagh was identified from CCTV at the scene of the affray and he was seen to throw a punch.

The defence barrister said it was accepted his client was part of the group but said he was a bystander.

He added things got ‘hot and heavy and the then 18 year old intervened when his friend 'came under pressure'.

The court heard the defendant had one previous conviction from the CCJ last September where he was fined for careless driving.

The barrister explained it had been reduced from dangerous driving, where the third year apprentice electrician was accused of tailgating another vehicle.

However, he said the toll “had been read” and it was a momentary lapse when his client was in “automotive mode” while driving to work in the early hours of the morning and asked the court not to record a conviction, as it would impact on Mr. Meegan’s employer's plans to send him to work on data centres on the continent.

A letter from the defendant’s father was handed into court which heard the 20 year old’s family has suffered significant tragedy.

Judge Eirinn McKiernan directed that the €750 he had in court go to the Turas counselling service and in striking out the charge said “I hope you learned your lesson”.

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