Man remanded on charge of having slash hook at school

An “extensive file” is being prepared by gardaí in a case where a man is charged with producing a slash hook at a primary school last month.

Two men had allegedly been forced to barricade themselves into a classroom for safety following an incident at the Holy Family School in Ennis, Co Clare.

At Ennis District Court yesterday, Conor Mahon, aged 21, appeared for a third time in relation to the Mar 20 incident.

Mahon, of Ballaghboy halting site, Ennis, is charged with being in possession of an offensive weapon — a slash hook — and with a breach of public order at the Holy Family School. Eight children, all five-year-olds, were present as two brothers allegedly fled from two other individuals.

The pupils, including children with special needs and staff members, left the classroom and entered the school hallway unharmed.

Mahon’s solicitor Darragh Hassett previously stated in court that his client was denying any involvement in what had occurred and no evidence had put been put forward showing the accused was present at the school.

Meanwhile, Rose Mahon, aged 22, of Ballaghboy halting site, Ennis, reappeared in court yesterday along with her sister, Laura Molloy, aged 21, of 21 An Páirc, Bruach na hAbhainn, Ennis. Both are charged with causing €1,500 of criminal damage to a car owned by Tom Sherlock and a public order breach outside Holy Family school at Station Road, Ennis on Mar 20.

Inspector Tom Kennedy said: “There is an extensive file being prepared by gardaí for the Director of Public Prosecutions concerning the circumstances involving Mr Mahon and other persons.”

The case was adjourned to yesterday for DPP directions. However, Insp Kennedy said DPP directions had not been received and requested a further adjournment.

Mr Hassett said: “This is a case where the State came in with great fanfare with many witnesses to oppose a bail application last month.”

He told Judge Pat Durcan: “The State gave you very detailed alleged evidence of what went on in the lengthy bail application and there was no lack of detail in what the State told you.

“On the last occasion judge, you indicated that this was a case where minds would be concentrated on what charges would be brought and any future charges and directions. It now appears, two weeks later, that nothing has happened, judge.”

In response, Judge Durcan said: “I am noting what you are saying and I am noting your concerns.”

He told Insp Kennedy: “I don’t like matters to drag on indefinitely and Mr Hassett has a point where there was a bail application with graphic details provided. I have notes of five pages from that application.”

Insp Kennedy said he would endeavour to have the DPP directions for the next hearing.

Judge Durcan remanded all three on continuing bail to reappear before Ennis District Court on May 9.

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