County Limerick man hit neighbour with extendable baton 

ISSUES between neighbours in Cappamore erupted into an incident in which a man produced an extendable baton and attacked his neighbour, Kilmallock Court was told last week.

Kenneth Ryan (35) of 9 Inis Bui, Cappamore went to the home of his neighbour, Michael Sweeney, and hit him with an extendable baton, striking him on the knee and body, Garda Inspector Pat Brennan said in evidence.

After he pleaded guilty to the charges, Judge Patricia Harney was told that Mr Ryan had 34 previous convictions, mostly for road traffic offences, with one for assault in 2009 for which he received a two year suspended sentence.

His solicitor said there had been “no repeat of the previous behaviour since,” and that the father of five “has changed.”

The court was told that there was a “lot of to-ing and fro-ing between two families” – one of them being Mr Ryan’s – but “things have calmed down” since the incident in March.

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Judge Harney imposed a two-month jail sentence on Mr Ryan for the assault, suspending it for 18 months and fining him €50 for failing to appear at a previous court hearing.