TWO Limerick sisters who brawled outside their home will avoid a criminal conviction if they make a payment to Limerick District Court poor box to aid city charities.
Amanda Casey (29) of Byrne Avenue and Leanne Casey (24) of Hyde Road pleaded guilty at Limerick District Court to their roles in a brawl at Byrne Avenue, Prospect on June 11, 2014.
The fight, which was witnessed by other women and children, broke out at 12.30pm when Leanne Casey ran to the defence of her sister Amanda.
Garda Cormac Flanagan told the court that Amanda was involved in another altercation when Leanne entered the fray resulting in a group of six women having a fight in the middle of the street.
The brawl took ten minutes to break up and a number of the main protagonists were arrested and charged.
Garda Flanagan said that the sisters admitted their part but vehemently claimed that they were defending themselves.
Solicitor Ted McCarthy said the incident was linked to a dispute between two families.
Unfortunately, he said, it flares up from time to time and they regret their involvement.
Judge Marian O’Leary ordered that each of the women pay €120 to the court poor box.