Cork brothers prosecuted following fight at home involving a claw hammer 

Cork brothers prosecuted following fight at home involving a claw hammer 
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GARDAÍ rushed to the scene of a domestic fight in Macroom and it emerged that the duo were brothers who were unwilling to make statements of complaint against each other afterwards.

Because of the seriousness of the incident, they were prosecuted for engaging in an affray.

The incident at the centre of the case occurred on March 19, 2017. At Cork Circuit Criminal Court, the brothers have been given suspended jail terms.

The pair had to be separated from attacking each other by gardaí at their family home on the night in question.

Shane O’Driscoll, aged 27, and John O’Driscoll, aged 21, both pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal to committing affray at Millstreet Rd, Macroom, on March 19, 2017, in that they used or threatened to use unlawful violence towards the other in such a manner that would lead the other person to fear for their safety.

Detective Garda Pat Prendergast told how gardaí received a phone call from their father, William, at 4.40am calling for an ambulance at the family home.

Det Garda Prendergast and Garda Brian Ahern arrived at the house to meet John O’Driscoll outside the house, who told them that he had stabbed his brother who was inside the house.

Shane O’Driscoll emerged from the house and struck John O’Driscoll with a claw hammer on the back of the head and was very aggressive towards both his father and the gardaí, testified Det Garda Prendergast.

He said Shane O’Driscoll had a stab wound to his back while John O’Driscoll had a wound to the back of his head, but neither suffered serious or permanent injury in the incident.

He said Shane O’Driscoll had 31 previous convictions, including one for assault causing harm, while John O’Driscoll had six previous convictions including for public order and unlawful taking of a car.

They had both gone for treatment for alcohol addiction issues in November 2019 and since returned to Macroom to live with their father and had not come to the attention of gardaí.

Judge Sean O Donnabhain said, given the circumstances, he believed the appropriate sentence was 18 months suspended for both men.

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