Lunchtime fight breaks out in doorway of Ennis Courthouse

Ennis Courthouse

ONE man has been charged in connection with a fight that broke out inside Ennis Courthouse on Wednesday.
The court was forced to rise shortly after 1.30pm when it appeared two men became involved in a row at the entrance to the courtroom where Ennis District Court was in session.
Judge Patrick Durcan said he would rise for a few minutes after loud shouting and banging were heard from just outside the doorway. Gardaí were forced to intervene to break up the scuffle.
One female garda received treatment for a cut arm after attempting to separate the parties. 
It is not thought her injury was caused by those alleged to have participated in the row.
A 50-year-old man was later brought before the court charged in connection with the incident.
John Doherty, who previously lived in Ennis but now has an address at Belcamp Lawn, Coolock, Dublin, is charged with two offences.
Mr Doherty is accused of engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour with intent to provoke a breach of the peace or being reckless as to whether a breach of the peace may be occasioned. He is further charged with assault.
It is alleged Mr Doherty committed the offences at Ennis Courthouse on October 1.
Court business had finished for the day by the time Mr Doherty was brought before the court but Judge Durcan resumed court for the brief hearing.
Garda Paul Heaslip of Ennis Garda Station gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.
He said Mr Doherty made no reply to either of the charges after caution.
Legal aid was approved for defence solicitor John Casey.
Mr Casey said he had no questions regarding the arrest, charge and caution of his client. However he was said he was applying for bail for Mr Doherty.
Inspector Tom Kennedy said the State consented to bail subject to the accused abiding by certain conditions. Mr Doherty is required to reside at Belcamp Lane, Dublin and stay out of Clare except for court business.
He was also told to stay away from Michael McDonagh.
Bail was granted subject to the accused’s own bond of 500 euros. Mr Doherty was remanded on bail to appear again at Ennis District Court on November 12.
Two years ago Mr Doherty suffered multiple slash wounds when he was the victim of a vicious knife attack at the Maid of Eireann roundabout in Ennis. 


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