Court mooner undergoes brain op

A 21-year-old who exposed himself to a judge in court last Friday has undergone brain surgery after a vicious assault at Limerick prison.

Brian Joyce was due to appear at Ennis District Court yesterday in respect of an assault charge on a teenager.

However, when Mr Joyce’s name was called out by the court registrar, his solicitor, Tara Godfrey, said Mr Joyce “is hospitalised critically in Cork”.

In reply, Judge Patrick Durcan said: “I’m sorry to hear that. Had he an accident?”

In response, Ms Godfrey said: “He was attacked judge.” Judge Durcan asked when it was likely Mr Joyce would be able to attend court and Ms Godfrey replied: “He has just had brain surgery and we aren’t sure of the prognosis.”

Previously talking about the attack on Mr Joyce in court, Ms Godfrey said he suffered a skull fracture and in the aftermath of the attack on Sunday was unable to recognise members of his own family.

It is understood the attack took place in the shower area of Limerick prison.

In court last Friday, Mr Joyce mooned Judge Durcan and as he slapped his exposed bare backside, Joyce shouted ‘Up the Joyces! Up the Clare Joyces!’

Mr Joyce then turned around to expose his penis to the shocked judge and court.

Mr Joyce’s action after Judge Durcan refused bail to Mr Joyce’s brother, John Joyce, aged 18, sparked a melee during which a Garda was allegedly the subject of an assault.

The two Joyces — both of St Enda’s Beechpark, Ennis, — were before the court in respect of an assault charge in Ennis from October 14.

Judge Durcan suspended court sittings and went to his chambers and on his return to court, he said what had occurred “was the worst outbreak of violence I have ever witnessed in a court either as a practitioner or as a judge”.

Judge Durcan said that behaviour in the courtroom had “sunk to a level of depravity that I’ve never encountered before”.

John Joyce was also before the court yesterday and Judge Durcan remanded the two brothers in custody to re-appear before court on November 4.

During the bail hearing last Friday, Garda Robert Grant said it will be alleged Brian and John Joyce used knives and blades to slash and stab a teenager at his home. The court heard that the teen required 200 stitches to his face and arm.

On Tuesday, Judge Durcan demanded heightened security measures in the aftermath of last Friday’s melee. He warned he will not sit if the identity of the court guard is not presented to him in chambers before future sittings of the district and family law courts in Ennis.


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