Former horse racing coach convicted of assaulting farmer with a whip – The Irish Instances

A choose has convicted former horse racing coach Stephen Mahon of assaulting a farmer with a horse whip.

At Gort District Court docket on Thursday, Choose Mary Larkin convicted the ex-trainer of the assault inflicting hurt to farmer John Hughes on a Co Galway boreen in October 2020.

Choose Larkin additionally convicted Mr Mahon of manufacturing a horse whip which was able to inflicting critical harm and prone to intimidate one other in the midst of a dispute on October thirteenth, 2020, on the identical location at Newtown, Kilcolgan, Co Galway. That cost is opposite to part 11 of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act.

The courtroom was informed there was “dangerous blood’ between 53-year-old father of two Mr Mahon and Mr Hughes, arising from a 2014 incident involving the 2.

In June of final yr, Mr Mahon, previously of The Ranch, Kilcolgan, Co Galway however now residing in Co Meath, was given the longest ban – at 4 years – ever handed out to a coach in Eire for breach of animal welfare guidelines. The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board ban imposed was decreased by six months on attraction in September of final yr.

Within the case earlier than Gort District Court docket, Mr Hughes informed the courtroom that on October thirteenth, 2020, on his manner again from herding cattle, Mr Mahon handed him on a horse on a boreen on Mr Mahon’s solution to the gallops.

Mr Hughes mentioned: “Mr Mahon went on six or seven yards and mentioned, ‘What the f**okay are you laughing at?’ He bought down off his horse and requested, ‘What are you smiling at?’ He then left fly and hit me with the whip on the left hand facet of the face just below my eye.”

Mr Hughes mentioned “there was a little bit of a wrestle” and Mr Mahon bought free and kicked out at him twice. The sufferer identified the whip blow scar on his face to Choose Larkin.

Mr Mahon denied he assaulted Mr Hughes and in proof alleged that Mr Hughes threw two rocks at him on the location.

Find Mr Mahon responsible of the 2 offences, Choose Larkin mentioned it was not a case of 1 man’s phrase towards one other.

Choose Larkin mentioned: “There may be additionally the proof of the accidents to Mr Hughes. They have been considered by Garda Phil O’Donoghue on the day and they’re in keeping with Mr Hughes’s proof.”

Choose Larkin mentioned: “I’m glad that the incident did happen as described by Mr Hughes. I discovered him to be a reputable witness and I discovered Mr Mahon to be imprecise and probably ingenious in relation to what he mentioned in regards to the incident.”

Counsel for Mr Mahon, Ernest White BL, informed Choose Larkin mentioned that Mr Mahon “is an ex horse coach as you could nicely know. He has misplaced his licence and he tells me his life has been turned the other way up over the previous yr with the lack of his licence and his livelihood”.

Insp Brian Boland of Loughrea Garda station informed the courtroom that Mr Mahon had 14 earlier convictions however none associated to assault or public order. Insp Boland mentioned six associated to the Management of Canine Act with the rest referring to street site visitors issues.

Choose Larkin mentioned she would adjourn sentencing to permit Mr Hughes present a sufferer affect assertion to courtroom. She adjourned the case to twenty seventh October for sentence.

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