Pensioner remanded in jail for battering his neighbour in ongoing dispute

first_imgA pensioner who battered his next-door neighbour in an ongoing feudhas been remanded in jail while a Judge decides what sentence to give him.Patrick Gill, 69, admitted to brutally attacking Seamus Morrison athis home in Buncrana. When Gardai called to the home of Mr. Morrison at St Vincent’s Villasin Buncrana on February 17th, 2016, they found him covered in blood.He had lacerations to his ear, his forehead and to the top of his head.He claimed that when he was returning from doing some shopping ataround 4 pm, he was attacked by Gill who was carrying a black kitchenknife.However, Letterkenny Circuit Court court was told the knife was notused in the attack.Garda Conor McClafferty said that when interviewed just minutes afterthe incident, Gill was also suffering from a bloody nose and two blackeyes.Judge John Aylmer was told that this was the second time that Gill,also of St Vincent’s Villas, had attacked Mr. Morrison.On the last occasion in August, 2007, Gill assaulted Morrison and thecourt replaced a sentence of six months in prison with 100 hourscommunity service.Another charge of producing an article (a hatchet) during the assaultwas taken into account.The court was told the men had fallen out more than 10 years ago whenthey first met and it centred around a relationship which one of themwas in.Barrister for Gill, Sean Mac Aoidh, said his client was a separatedfather of three who had an addiction to alcohol but stressed there hadbeen no further altercations between the men since this incident.The accused told the court that he was sorry for what he had done.He said “I want to tell Mr. Morrison that I’m sorry and it won’thappen again. We just pass on the road and there’s no difficulty now.”However, Judge John Aylmer said that Gill had already been given achance by the courts.He remanded Gill in custody until Friday to decide what sentence hewill impose in the case.He said “This is the second time that Mr. Gill has come before thecourt on a serious charge. The last time it was a hatchet and now it’sa knife. He was given a chance 7 years ago – but clearly, that did notteach Mr. Gill a sufficient lesson.“Mr. Gill has put the court in extremely awkward position and it isdifficult to see how a custodial sentence can be avoided.“But I’m not going to shoot from the hip. I will remand in custodyuntil Friday and will decide what to do.”Pensioner remanded in jail for battering his neighbour in ongoing dispute was last modified: December 12th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultattackbuncranadonegalneighbourPatrick Gillrowlast_img

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