Farmer banned from talking to brother

A farmer has been banned from talking to his own brother for three years.

He has also been banned from watching his brother and his family, or interfering with visitors to his brother’s house.

The Co Donegal farmer appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday in relation to a row over land.

William McGeehan set upon his own brother John with a plank of wood and left him hospitalised.

Another victim, Connie Gallagher, received a 12cm gash to his head when a nail in the wood cut him, leaving him in hospital for four days — and with a scar for life.

Garda Enda Glennon told Judge John O’Hagan that the row was part of a family dispute over land.

A civil case had settled over the and at Newmills but William McGeehan had continued the feud, the court heard.

He had been convicted earlier this year in the district court of spitting on two young boys — his own nephews.

William McGeehan had claimed John had accused him of sheep stealing, a claim his brother had denied.

William had followed John and Mr Gallagher, jumped over a gate, and attacked them.

He claimed his brother had received his horrendous injuries because had slipped and fallen but later admitted two counts of assault and pleaded guilty in court.

However, John told Judge O’Hagan the harassment was continuing on a daily basis.

“He’s always about,” said John McGeehan, claiming William was continuing to harass family, friends, and neighbours calling to his farm.

Mr Gallagher showed the judge his scar.

“It’s horrendous,” said the judge.

“A cracked skull because of a row over a sheep. This could have been a lot worse.

“What if this attack had been fatal? Where would we be then?

“Mr Gallagher is lucky to be alive.”

William McGeehan apologised to his brother and Mr Gallagher in court.

However, the judge said it was clear William McGeehan was still pestering his brother and his family and friends.

He said he would not use two possible sentences available to him — jail or community service because William McGeehan would serve either sentence and he would be back harassing his own brother.

So he said he was imposing a three-year jail term and he would suspend it for three years.

He ordered William McGeehan to sign a peace bond for the next three years in which he was told not to talk to, watch, beset or interfere with John McGeehan, his family, his friends or anyone visiting John McGeehan.


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