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Sunday 17 December 2017

Gun victim and brothers accused of beating up gran

Assault victim Jennifer Lynch leaving court yesterday after brothers Andrew Smith (30), Paul Smith (47), and Stephen Smith (39), where charged with assault causing her harm
Assault victim Jennifer Lynch leaving court yesterday after brothers Andrew Smith (30), Paul Smith (47), and Stephen Smith (39), where charged with assault causing her harm
Assault victim Jennifer Lynch leaving court yesterday after brothers Andrew Smith (30), Paul Smith (47), and Stephen Smith (39), where charged with assault causing her harm

A MAN who was wounded in a gun attack last month is among three brothers charged with attacking a 72-year-old woman as she made her way home from Mass.

Stephen Smith (39), of Oranmore Road, Ballyfermot attended court with crutches as he recovers from the injuries he sustained in the shooting.

Paul Smith (47), who lives at the same address on Oranmore Road, and Andrew Smith (30), from Croftwood Drive, Ballyfermot also appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday.

The three men are charged with assault causing harm to Jennifer Lynch, a great-grandmother who also lives at Oranmore Road.

Garda Padraig O'Meara told Judge Michael Coghlan the three brothers were arrested on Saturday night. Andrew and Stephen Smith made no reply after they were charged, however, their older sibling, Paul, responded, "a load of b******s".

Gda O'Meara said he intended to "strenuously" object to bail. He alleged the case involved, "three grown men who attacked a 72-year-old woman, who was walking home with some friends from 6.30pm Mass".

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Assault victim Jennifer Lynch leaving court yesterday after brothers Andrew Smith (30), Paul Smith (47), and Stephen Smith (39), where charged with assault causing her harm

He said the woman was taken to Ballyfermot Garda Station and was "bleeding profusely".

She declined medical attention until after she told gardai what happened, Judge Coghlan heard. Gda O'Meara also alleged she identified the three defendants and said she knew them all their lives.

Gda O'Meara said there were fears that there would be interference with witnesses.

Ms Lynch, witnesses and the defendants live near each other, Gda O'Meara said, adding that the 72-year-old woman had come to court to give evidence. She remained in the public gallery and was not called to testify as an adjournment was granted.

Defence lawyers were given instructions to consent to a remand in custody until March 16 when the three men will make a bail application.

Stephen Smith then pulled up his jumper to show his bandages and his solicitor explained that he had recently been the victim of a "serious shooting".

Andrew Smith then addressed the court and said: "Your honour his guts are hanging out - he was in the house all night."

Paul Smith told court "a lot of lies" had been told and that his brother, Stephen, had been in bed, adding "he can barely walk".

Judge Coghlan said "they would want to get a change of personality if they are making a bail application next week".

He told the three men, who were granted legal aid, that they had solicitors to act for them and "this is not a barnyard".

hnews@herald.ie

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