Kickboxing course helps teen stay out of trouble

A judge who ordered an 18-year old to complete a kickboxing course to get over his fear of local drug barons has said that “the medicine has worked”.
Kickboxing course helps teen stay out of trouble

At Ennis District Court, Judge Patrick Durcan made his comment after hearing Ethan Mahony has not come to Garda attention since commencingthe course.

Insp Tom Kennedy told the court: “I am glad to report that no new issues have emerged in the meantime in relation to Mr Mahony.”

The kickboxing programme covered 25 sessions and Judge Durcan asked Mr Mahony how the classes were going. In response, Mr Mahoney said: “Grand.”

Judge Durcan made his initial order that Mr Mahony of Shalee Drive, Cloughleigh, Ennis, attend the classes last November and allocated €200 from the court poor box in December to help fund the classes.

Mr Mahony had previously told the court that he was unable to leave his home because of a dispute with another person.

The teenager was before the court in relation to a string of offences that he pleaded guilty to, including thefts in Ennis and north Clare, as well as the unauthorised taking of a bike.

Judge Durcan said previously that Mr Mahony’s “problem was that he was afraid to go down the town because the big drug barons were there and they were bigger than he was. I said ‘right, he better get on with a self-defence course’.”

Now, almost one year after he made his initial order, Judge Durcan told Insp Kennedy: “You were very wary about the original order on the kickboxing. You weren’t particularly supportive.”

Insp Kennedy replied: “It took me by surprise.”

In reply, Judge Durcan said: “Are you coming around to the view that the medicine appears to have worked?”

Insp Kennedy said this was only one case and a number of such cases would have to be considered before making any conclusions.

However, Judge Durcan quipped Insp Kennedy was “engaging in Garda waffle”.

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