Two Killarney men accused of assaulting another man using a chimney sweeping pole

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Two Killarney men have been accused of assaulting another man using a chimney sweeping pole.

33-year-old Daniel O’Brien of 22 Hazelwood Drive, Ballyspillane and 41-year-old Michael O’Brien of 3 Hazelwood Drive, Ballyspillane are facing a number of offences, including assault, possession of an article and violent disorder.

Killarney District Court heard the alleged offences arose as part of an ongoing dispute between families.

Michael and Daniel O’Brien are facing three charges, including violent disorder, the production of an article – namely a chimney sweeping pole with brass connectors – and assault, arising from an alleged incident in Ballyspillane on the 2nd September 2018.

Michael O’Brien is also facing an additional assault charge, arising from the same incident.

Killarney District Court heard both accused made no reply when arrested yesterday.

Judge David Waters questioned as to why the charges were being brought a year after the alleged incident, asking if there was some ongoing difficulty.

The court heard the issue arose due to an ongoing dispute between two families and now, as revealed through garda investigations, there’s been contact between the parties.

Judge Waters formally noted there was no plea, which means the case will go for trial on indictment before a judge and jury.

He adjourned the case until October 15th for the production of the book of evidence.