Family fracas “a waste of Garda time” court hears

A District Court judge has criticised family members whose feud spilled out into a public order incident.

At a recent sitting of Mullingar District Court Judge Patrick McMahon said that the incident, which saw three people before the court, was “a waste of Garda time” and said gardaí are “busy enough”.

He made the comments as he dealt with charges of threatening behaviour against Jamie Dinnegan Jnr and his wife Teresa Stokes and Cindy Duignan and gave each a two month suspended jail sentence.

Gardaí were called to the incident on September 22 last year at Austin Friar Street where a fracas was underway on the street between a man and his girlfriend and two females and a male.

The latter three were before the court. Inspector Aidan Minnock said words were exchanged between the two sides.

He said it was not clear if drink had been involved but added that the incident was a spill-over from a previous incident.

Jamie Dinnegan, 19, who has an address at 224 Dalton Park has previous convictions for possession of a weapon, obstructing gardaí, and threatening behaviour. He has also been convicted of violent disorder and a road traffic offence.

His wife, Teresa Stokes, 5 Springlawn, Longford was convicted of threatening behaviour in 2006 and received a one month suspended sentence.

Cindy Duignan, who is married with two children and expecting her third, has an address at 18 Cluain Ard, Longford. She has a convictions for drug dealing and assault and for threatening behaviour under the Public Order Act.

Mr Louis Kiernan said his clients genuinely regret the incident and that all are now living in Longford.

Judge McMahon noted that each has previous convictions and “should go to prison today”.

However he suspended each of the two month sentences for 12 months with Jamie Dinnegan’s to be served at St Patrick’s Institution as he is the only one under 21.

“They’ll serve it if they come back,” warned the judge.


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