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court gavel book from PixabaySentencing has been adjourned in the case of four young people charged with public disorder in a Killarney housing estate.

20-year-old Neil O’Mahony of 178 Ballyspillane, 22-year-old Stephanie McCarthy and 19-year-old Denis McCarthy of 180 Ballyspillane, and 21-year-old Mark O’Callaghan of 126 Killeen Wood, Tralee are charged with the offences, which included being drunk, obstructing the peace, and threatening and insulting behaviour on the 1st and 2nd of December 2015.

They appeared before Tralee Circuit Criminal Court yesterday where garda evidence was heard in the case.
The court heard a number of complaints were made to gardaí about rowdiness and noise, as a group of young people had gathered, drinking alcohol in an open green area in the Ballyspillane housing estate in Killarney on the night of the 1st of December 2015.

The court heard they were in the area commemorating the birthday of a friend who had died tragically.

Gardaí attended the scene and directed the youths to quieten down; but they had to return twice more.

On the third occasion Mark O’Callaghan punched a Garda and was arrested, however the three other accused Neil O’Mahony, Stephanie McCarthy, and Denis McCarthy tried to stop this.

Senior counsel for all accused accepted their clients’ behaviour was disgraceful, and said they were apologetic.

The four had been taken into custody after a district court appearance in December; senior counsel said this was enough of a shock and deterrent, and appealed to the judge not to give prison sentences.

Judge Thomas O’Donnell directed that probation reports be carried out on each of the accused before he could finalise their cases; he remanded them on continuing bail to appear before Tralee Circuit Court again on the 10th of March.