Assault charge dismissed against son of Limerick Euromillions winner

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Gary McNamara who had an assault charge dismissed at Ennis Court.

A FARMER son of Limerick Euromillions winner Dolores McNamara has had an assault charge against him dismissed at Ennis District Court.

Gary McNamara (43) of Ruan Manor, Castleconnell, County Limerick had denied the minor assault charge on Bernard Earley at Ennis Mart on August 17, 2021.

Judge Mary Larkin dismissed the charge following an application by defence solicitor Daragh Hassett after Mr Earley failed to show up to court last month for a scheduled hearing of the contested assault case.

Mr Earley was given more than two weeks to provide medical evidence as to why he was unable to attend court.

Dismissing the case, Judge Larkin described Mr Earley as “a reluctant witness”.

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She said she was dismissing the matter after Mr Earley was unable to provide medical evidence as to why he was not able to attend court last month.

The court was told previously that Mr Earley could not come to court due to a medical issue concerning a close family relative.

In his initial application to have the case dismissed last month, Mr Hassett told Judge Larkin “Myself and my client have a certain view of the alleged injured party in this case in relation to his motives.”

Mr Hassett said that after the last call-over of cases in September, the case was reported in the media.

He said that after the case was reported on, there was a phone call from the area that Mr Earley lives in to his office “asking for a phone call back from me to discuss the case”.

He said: “I thought that this was improper.”

Mr Hassett said that the CCTV evidence in the case showed that “nothing happens”.