Wednesday 19 September 2018

Teen went out to beat up sister's boyfriend

A TEENAGER tried to kick in his sister's boyfriend's door while armed with a knuckle duster because of a grudge following a row at a family Christening, a court heard.

Father-of-one James Mooney (19) was given a six-month suspended sentence.

Dublin District Court heard he was drunk when he turned up with another man and attempted to kick the apartment door down while his sister and her partner were inside.

He was arrested after two neighbours made "frantic" calls to the gardai.

Suspending the sentence for a year, Judge Grainne Malone said the accused was lucky he had not got into the apartment and that he was not facing more serious charges.


Mooney, of Poolbeg Quay, Ringsend, pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon at Waterside Apartments, Ringsend Road on October 23, 2011.

The court heard gardai went to the address following two 999 calls at around 1.30am.

When they arrived, they saw the accused and another man leaving the main door of the apartments.

Mooney had a silver knuckle duster in his hand which he let fall when he was restrained by gardai.

An altercation had taken place at a Christening some weeks earlier and the accused had been assaulted, his barrister said. The whole family was there and Mooney had a row with his sister's boyfriend.

The defendant had been out drinking on the night of the offence and got "riled up" and went back to the flat.


He had no intention of using the knuckle duster but did want to scare his sister's boyfriend, his barrister added.

The court heard the defendant had no convictions, had recently completed a health and fitness course and played football for a local team.

His sister was a dental nurse and one of his brothers worked in a bank.

He was "extremely remorseful", had apologised to his sister and her boyfriend and while there had been "bad feelings on both sides", they were now willing to put it behind them.

Judge Malone remarked that the accused had armed himself with the knuckle duster and that being drunk and having a grudge was a "lethal combination".


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