Wednesday 29 January 2020

Lover ran naked to gran's house after being caught in bed with man's fiancee

Noel McGreene has pleaded guilty to the attack
Noel McGreene has pleaded guilty to the attack

A man fled naked across the road to his granny's house after being found in bed with another man's fiancee, a court heard.

James Bracken (29) made the middle-of-the-night getaway on February 12, 2017, after being whacked across the head by Noel McGreene (37) with a bottle of Baileys.

Mr McGreene had found Mr Bracken naked in bed with Mr McGreene's then fiancee.

In the case, Mr McGreene pleaded guilty to the assault causing harm of Mr Bracken at a house in Kilkee, Co Clare.

At Ennis Circuit Court, counsel for Mr McGreene, Brian McInerney BL, told the court his client "found himself unexpectedly confronted with circumstances that no red-blooded man would wish to be confronted with".

Mr McInerney said Mr McGreene "was confronted with a large element of provocation".

"Mr McGreene accepts that he over-reacted because he pleads guilty to a crime. He picked up the Baileys bottle and he ejected Mr Bracken from the premises in fairly short order," he added.

In evidence, Det Garda Paul Heaslip said Mr McGreene returned home at 4am where he found Mr Bracken fully naked in his bed with his fiancee, who also lived at the address.


Det Heaslip said Mr McGreene picked up a glass bottle and hit Mr Bracken over the head, adding: "Mr Bracken then proceeded to flee the bedroom down the stairs where Mr McGreene tried to punch him while he tried to flee."

"Mr McGreene chased Mr Bracken out the front door where Mr Bracken, wearing no clothes, ran across Kilkee to the home of his grandmother," Det Heaslip added.

Det Heaslip said Mr Bracken went to the Emergency Department at University Hospital Limerick later that day where a medical report showed that he had sustained a jagged 6cm-long wound to the back of his scalp after being struck by a bottle.

The medical report found that Mr Bracken also sustained bruising around his right eye and had a small wound to the left frontal region of his head.

Det Heaslip said the female declined to provide a statement concerning the incident. He agreed with Mr McInerney that Mr McGreene is a decent man and doesn't have any history of violence.

Det Heaslip stated: "Mr McGreene is not a violent person. He is very polite."

Neighbours had noticed a commotion with reported loud noises and shouting while Mr Bracken was being assaulted.

Mr McInerney said: "Mr Bracken knew Mr McGreene over a long period of time and knew the lady in question. Mr Bracken formed a view that they weren't in a relationship at that point in time."

Mr McGreene has also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of possession of €3,230 worth of cannabis for the purposes of selling at Skenhanagh, Clarecastle, on November 24, 2017.

Det Heaslip accepted that Mr McGreene was delivering and not engaging in selling the drugs.

Mr McGreene has been on remand in prison since October concerning the two offences.

Judge Gerard Keys adjourned sentencing in the two cases to tomorrow.

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