first_imgA brother and sister have accused eachother of assault after a wreath on their father’s grave was moved.Noeleen McLaughlin leaving court today. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Kieran Kavanagh and Noeleen McLaughlin appeared in court today charged with assault after a bizarre altercation at the grave of their father at Murlog Cemetery in Lifford. Both denied that they had assaulted eachother at the graveside on October 22nd, 2013.Mrs McLaughlin claims that while she was visiting her father’s grave she was viciously attacked by her brother Kieran.She claimed that she was in the middle of moving her wreath back into the centre of her father’s grave after it had been moved away to the side of it when she was attacked.She claimed Mr Kavanagh punched her in the side, struck her in the face with his open hand, stood on on her when she fell and verbally abused by her.Mrs McLaughlin claimed claimed in Letterkenny District Court “He arrived and I could hear him starting to shout and curse “What are you at you b******d?” He was shouting – you’re a whore, a f*****r and you’re a thieving b*****d” I was just going to leave him standing and shouting. I just felt him grabbing my coat by the collar and he grabbed the skin of my neck. Then I could feel him punch into my left side and I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it.”She then claimed that he gave her a shove and knocked her over and she fell on top of her father’s grave.“When I was getting up I could feel his foot coming down crashing down on my foot. He put his right arm on top of my shoulder – put his hand down forcing my hand into the sharp stones. He was still shouting obscenities at me,” added Mrs McLaughlin.The court was told that two graveyard workers who were at the scene refused to give statements on the matter.Solicitor for Mr Kavanagh, of 7 Medaowhill, Raphoe, Mr Frank Dorrian said he found it bizarre that rather than come to the aid of his wife during an alleged attack, that her husband would take pictures of the incident.“I cannot speak for what my husband did,” replied Mrs McLaughlin of Cluain Laoi, Lifford.A number of photographs were produced in court which were taken by Mrs McLaughlin’s husband Frank of the alleged incident.The photographs showed alleged injuries to Mrs McLaughlin’s face which she claimed were inflicted but her brother Kieran.However all the allegations made by Mrs McLaughlin were denied by Mr Kavanagh’s solicitor Frank Dorrian.He said his client and other witnesses would give evidence that Mrs McLaughlin’s bloodshot eye was witnessed at the family’s father’s anniversary mass three days prior to the alleged assault in the graveyard.Mr Dorrian said he also had at least two witnesses who had been close to the graveyard but who did not see Mr Kavanagh striking Mrs McLaughlin.Judge Paul Kelly interrupted the case to make an appeal to both solicitors, Frank Dorrian and Cormac Hartnett, to speak to their clients to try and find a resolution to the matter.He said it was a very sensitive case and while he had no problem hearing it, he would prefer if the families found a way forward.After discussing the situation, both solicitors said they had agreed a number of points which they would adhere to.They agreed to avoid any physical contact and where they had to meet that they would be civil. They also agreed to avoid any comments between each other about history between each other.An agreement was also undertaken not to communicate by written or electronic forms and that any disagreement would go through the offices of their solicitors.Judge Kelly said he was happy that both sides had used their common sense to reach a conclusion and dismissed both cases.BROTHER AND SISTER CLAIM THEY WERE ASSAULTED IN ROW OVER WREATH ON FATHER’S GRAVE was last modified: March 31st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more