Children ‘chastised’ over father’s rant

The children of a farmer who subjected a neighbour to a foul-mouthed and obscene ‘tractor rant’ have been chastised at their local school in the fallout from the incident.

That is according to Martina Brennan, solicitor for Clare farmer John Keane who told a court yesterday Mr Keane is now embarrassed to go out and he hasn’t been to church since the last day in court due to the negative publicity around the case.

Judge Patrick Durcan said that married father of three, Mr Keane, 43, subjected Eoin Gibson to a grossly offensive, indecent, obscene, and menacing voicemail on August 15, 2015.

Mr Keane has pleaded guilty to the charge.

Judge Durcan adjourned the case yesterday to allow Mr Keane pay monies to Mr Gibson.

The amount paid over wasn’t disclosed in court, but solicitor for Mr Gibson, Shíofra Hassett confirmed monies had been paid over and asked that Mr Keane be required to give an undertaking not to have any contact with the Gibson family.

Insp John Ryan asked Judge Durcan at Kilrush District Court that the undertaking by Mr Keane be extended to the wider Gibson family.

Ms Brennan said her client would give such an undertaking not to have any contact with the Gibson family. “This whole event has caused my client so much stress and anxiety. The matter escalated and unfortunately entered the press and he feels stigmatised by that. His children have been chastised at school,” she said.

Judge Durcan pleaded with both sides to resolve the row. “I accept John Keane is a decent and honourable man and I accept he flipped on the day and the reason he flipped is that there was a build up.”

Addressing Mr Keane and Mr Gibson, Judge Duran said: “I would plead with you both to try to get some third party to help resolve this issue.” Judge Durcan said he would not convict Mr Keane but would instead bind him over to the peace for a year.


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