Kerry County Councillor found guilty of assault

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A Kerry County Councillor, his brother and another man have been found guilty of assaulting a man causing him harm in Kenmare almost two years ago.

Jackie Healy-Rae and his brother Kevin of Sandymount, Kilgarvan, who are sons of Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae, had denied two assault charges related to the incident on December 28th 2017.

Malachy Scannell of Inchacoosh, Kilgarvan, also denied two assault and one criminal damage charges relating to the same alleged incident.

Kenmare District Court sat sitting in Tralee Courthouse today due to the requirement to have CCTV facilities.

Judge David Waters said based on the evidence Kieran James and a group were on a night out in Kenmare and ended up at a chipper van on East Park Lane and for some reason Kevin Healy-Rae, who the judge believed was intoxicated, took issue with him and an assault took place.

Judge Waters said Jackie Healy-Rae was then faced with a choice and he should have made the proper decision to leave but he opted to go back in as the third man and caught Mr James in a headlock smiling to onlookers as he did so.

The judge said CCTV clearly shows the Healy-Raes and Mr Scannell later running up Main Street after the group, they engaged in assault and then walked back down the street laughing and joking.

Both Healy-Rae brothers claimed they were acting in self-defence.

The court heard Mr James suffered a broken nose, bruised eye and large bump to his forehead.

Jackie Healy-Rae and his brother Kevin were both found guilty of assaulting Mr James causing him harm at Main Street and assaulting him at East Park Lane.

Mr Scannell was found guilty of assaulting Mr James causing him harm and guilty of assaulting another man Cornelius O’Sullivan causing him harm and criminal damage namely breaking Mr O’Sullivan’s prescription glasses.

Sentencing in the case was adjourned to Kenmare District Court on December 6th.

Solicitor Padraig O’Connell said his clients accept the judge’s decision but do not agree with it and will be appealing all convictions in full.