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Saturday 24 August 2019

Family 'will never forgive' 4 attackers who stoned home

James Wall pleaded guilty to criminal damage at the house
James Wall pleaded guilty to criminal damage at the house

Four young men who attacked a house with stones and rocks two days before Christmas, making the occupants homeless, have been sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Brothers John (22) and Christopher Connors (23), along with Paddy Connors (22) and James Wall (19), attacked the family's Dublin home at 2.45am.

Children, including a newborn baby and a girl with special needs, were living there at the time.

Fergal Foley, prosecuting, read a victim impact statement in which the family said: "It was like a nightmare, like something out of a horror movie.

"They caused so much pain and hurt. My question to the four of them is: why? I hope they reflect on how much damage they have done. I will never forgive them."

John and Christopher Connors, of Ballyogan Grove, Carrickmines; James Wall, of Nurney, Carlow; and Paddy Connors, of Nutgrove Crescent, Rathfarnham, each pleaded guilty to criminal damage of the house in Churchtown, Dublin, on December 23, 2016.

Brick

The incident happened after the homeowner contacted gardai following a conversation with Paddy Connors through a window at 2.45am.

When gardai left, a brick was thrown at a window and the homeowner saw four men sitting in a car nearby. He left his home and broke the back window of the car in temper.

The four men then got out of the car and threw mainly stones and paving slabs at the house, damaging all but one of the windows.

The owner of the house was injured during "a violent incident" in the front garden when he was punched several times.

Judge Melanie Greally placed John Connors on a 12-month probation bond and adjourned his sentence to July 31 next year.

She sentenced Wall to two years, which she suspended in full, accepting that he was not the instigator of the offence.

Judge Greally sentenced Paddy Connors to four years, but suspended the final 12 months on strict conditions.

Christopher Connors was sentenced to four years with the final 18 months suspended.

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