Hero who fended off mob cleared by jury
A HOMEOWNER who fended off a mob of "lunatics" who had wreaked havoc on the street where his daughter lived has been cleared by a jury.
Dominic Moloney (47) was called by his daughter who told him that her road was under siege by a dangerous mob.
He jumped into his car and drove to where she lived, and had fired a warning shot when confronted by the "thugs" who had threatened to kill him and other innocent residents, including an elderly woman.
Mr Moloney was hailed a "hero" by residents after firing his shotgun three times in response to the highly dangerous situation.
The relieved father mouthed "thank you" twice to the jury after they delivered their verdict at Ennis Circuit Court.
They took 30 minutes to deliver a unanimous not guilty verdict in the case where Mr Moloney was charged with the reckless discharge of his semi-automatic shotgun at his home at Cappa Lodge, Sixmilebridge, on September 21, 2009.
During the three-day trial, Mr Moloney said: "I was in fear of my life. I was afraid of my life and my child's life and that is the only reason I brought out my gun."