« BackRathmore man accused of endangerment gets five-month sentence

A bag of coal stolen from an elderly man’s shed sparked tensions between a man and four cousins he threatened to kill, Tralee Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

justiceKeith McGovern of Hollymount, Rathmore, admitted threatening to kill four people on Kelleher’s farm in Shinagh, Rathmore in March last year.

He also admitted two counts of endangerment in Shinagh on that date.

The offences occurred on March 28th, 2015 when Keith McGovern is alleged to have got out of his silver Nissan Primera on a public road in Shinagh and threatened to fight Tom Murphy and Eoin O’Leary.

The cousins ran to Kelleher’s farm where McGovern’s car followed them into the farm yard.

Mr O’Leary had to jump on a fence but Mr Murphy ran into the milking parlour where their cousins Jack and Tom Kelleher were.

The court heard the men had to come to the assistance of Mr O’Leary while the accused drove erratically, revved the engine and drove his car at them.

The 34-year-old, who has 105 previous convictions, also admitted threatening to kill all four.

Defending counsel Brian McInerney told the court there was history between the parties because a couple of bags of coal had been removed from their grandfather’s shed without permission.

He said the family suspected the accused was involved and persons unknown visited him.

Mr McInerney said his client had been the victim of an assault but no charges were brought against anyone.

Judge John Hannan imposed two 12-month sentences and a five-month sentence, all to run concurrently.

He suspended the last seven months of the sentence and bound Mr McGovern to the peace for two years.