Man pleads guilty to assaulting three people in North Kerry with a spanner

A man has pleaded guilty to assaulting three people in North Kerry with a spanner.

Mitchum Harding of Main Street, Ballylongford faced four charges in Tralee Circuit Court, arising from incidents which occurred on Main Street and Quay Street, Ballylongford on the 21st December, 2013.

Prosecutor Tom Rice outlined the case in Tralee Circuit Court; Mr Harding faced three counts of assault causing harm, while the fourth was for producing an article capable of inflicting serious injury, namely a spanner.

Mr Rice said the prosecution’s case was that the assaults occurred during the early hours of a Saturday morning in December, following a Christmas party in the village.

Mr Harding – a UK national – pleaded guilty to assaulting Kenneth Foley, Padraig O’Sullivan and Adrian Stack on Main Street in Ballylongford and, at or near Quay Street, producing a spanner during the course of a fight.

The accused initially denied the charges, however, after the jury was empanelled, he changed his plea to guilty on all charges.

Judge Francis Comerford remanded the accused in custody and directed the canvassing of the injured parties on the potential for victim impact statements.

Mr Harding is due to reappear in court on November 25th.