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Friday 20 September 2019

Healy-Raes deny assault after chip van row

Councillor Jackie Healy-Rae Jnr. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Councillor Jackie Healy-Rae Jnr. Photo: Domnick Walsh

A British tourist alleged two sons of Independent Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae and their friend assaulted him after one son was publicly challenged over queue-jumping.

Councillor Jackie Healy-Rae Jnr (23), his brother Kevin Healy-Rae (22) and their friend Malachy Scannell (34) have vehemently denied a series of assault charges arising from disputed events in Kenmare, Co Kerry on December 28 2017.

All three appeared before Judge Dave Waters at Kenmare District Court.

British national Kieran James, who was in Kenmare visiting Irish cousins, claimed he was attacked twice in the space of a few minutes by the two brothers after his wife, Lauren, had commented on Kevin Healy-Rae barging to the top of a queue at a chip van.

When challenged over his actions at the chip van, several witnesses claimed Kevin Healy-Rae commented: "This is my town - and this is my chip van."

At the van, Mr James said Kevin Healy-Rae shoved him in the chest and, when he pushed back, Jackie Healy-Rae placed him in a choke-hold. Their group then left the area to avoid any further incident.

However, Mr James said they were again confronted by the trio.

Broken

Jackie Healy-Rae grabbed his arm, forced it behind his back and he found himself being repeatedly punched.

His nose was broken and his tooth was chipped.

Judge Waters adjourned the hearing to September 25.

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