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Brothers beat and attacked their cousin with a knife

Central Criminal Court
Central Criminal Court

Two brothers who beat and attacked their first cousin with a knife during a chance encounter at a Post Office have been jailed for two years.

Garda Sheila Kenny told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court she encountered John Maughan (31) and Terrence Maughan (25) a short distance from the victim, who was covered in blood, when she arrived on the scene.

The court heard the Maughan family had been feuding with the victim's family and that both assailants produced knives during the incident.

The victim, Edward McDonagh, later said that the brothers' wives got rid of the blades before gardai arrived.

John Maughan, of Castlegrange Square, Clondalkin, and Terrence Maughan, of Grangeview Place, Clondalkin, Dublin both pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr McDonagh causing him harm at Clondalkin Post Office on February 27, 2013.

John Maughan has six previous conviction, including theft and drugs offences, and his brother has eight previous convictions, including public order incidents and thefts.

Gda Kenny told Dean Kelly BL, prosecuting, that Mr McDonagh had been returning to the post office with further documentation for an application form, when he was attacked.

He saw John Maughan with a knife as Terrence Maughan came at him.

Mr McDonagh grabbed Terrence Maughan, but John Maughan reached over his brother and slashed the victim in the face.

The two brothers started beating and kicking Mr McDonagh in the head.

Mr McDonagh held on to Terrence Maughan as he hoped one or both of the brothers would be arrested.

He said he saw the brothers' wives run out the door with the weapons.

Gda Kenny said Mr McDonagh received stitches and staples to wounds on his face and the back of his head.

The garda agreed with Pieter Le Vert BL, defending John Maughan, that his client had had nothing to do with the initial family feud, which had since been resolved.

She further agreed that John Maughan had no previous convictions for violent crime and had not come to adverse attention since.

Gda Kenny agreed with Eoghan Cole BL, defending Terrence Maughan, that his client had also not come to adverse attention.

Mr Le Vert submitted to Judge Martin Nolan that his client, a father-of-three, had sought counselling for drug and alcohol problems.

Counsel said his client's behaviour was “entirely out of character”.

Mr Cole asked the judge not to impose a custodial sentence for his client's “moment of madness”.

Judge Nolan said he accepted the attack was not pre-meditated, noting that the brothers “seem to be good, decent men who were overcome by momentary hatred”.

The judge added that he had to punish them as it was a very serious crime.