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Cousin of man who was gunned down beat up aunt over a family feud

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Donna Whitehouse

Donna Whitehouse

Donna Whitehouse

A relative of murdered Benny Whitehouse who punched her aunt several times in the head and grabbed her hair claimed it was because of a long-standing family feud.

Donna Whitehouse (29) is a cousin of Benny Whitehouse (35) who was shot dead in Balbriggan in 2014 close to his child's school as part of an unrelated suspected criminal feud.

Ms Whitehouse said she regrets assaulting her aunt Lena Whitehouse and regrets the injuries she caused.

The mum of three, of Baron's Hall in Balbriggan, pleaded guilty at Balbriggan District Court to assaulting Lena Whitehouse causing her harm at Castlemills Shopping Centre car park on Naul Road in Balbriggan, Co Dublin on January 15, 2019.

She has one previous conviction for using threatening and abusive behaviour in 2010.

Sergeant Patricia McGarrity said the 55-year-old injured party was walking from Dunnes Stores at the shopping centre at around 3pm.

The defendant then approached her and started to punch her several times in the head and grabbed her hair.

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The defendant was arrested and made full admissions, the court heard.

Defence solicitor John Hennessy said the injured party is the defendant's aunt.

"There is a long standing family feud going on," said Mr Hennessy.

He explained that immediately prior to the assault, the injured party allegedly spat at the defendant and allegedly a car swerved towards the defendant, which the defendant told gardaí the car was driven by her aunt.

"There is a long-term dispute going on. She regrets it and regrets the injuries she caused. She won't engage in this behaviour in the future," said Mr Hennessy.

Mr Hennessy said the 29-year-old works as a part-time cleaner and is in a long-term stable relationship.

Judge Dermot Dempsey convicted and fined Ms Whitehouse €100 and ordered her to enter a peace bond for two years.

The judge also ordered her not to have any contact whatsoever with the injured party.


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