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Mum-of-two “egged on partner” as he punched their neighbour

Green Hills Court
Green Hills Court

A couple attacked a neighbour after they wrongly thought he had made a complaint to gardai about the noise coming from their apartment.

Bonnie Connell (28) slapped Anthony Shields, and was “egging on” her partner Ger Hoban (28) when he punched him. Mr Shields alleged Connell had been spreading false rumours that he had Aids.

He admitted he was trying to “wind up” Connell when he told another neighbour he had called gardai to complain about noise from her apartment. He never complained to gardai, he said.

Judge Patricia McNamara found both Connell and Hoban guilty of assaulting Mr Shields on July 8, 2016.

The judge gave Connell a two-month suspended sentence. In relation to Hoban, Judge McNamara ordered him to complete community service.

Mr Shields told Tallaght District Court he was walking up to his apartment at Greenhills Court, Tallaght, when he found Connell sitting on the stairs.

He said she told him that if he tried to go up she would kick him.

Mr Shields said Connell then slapped him in the face, and when he turned away from her Hoban punched him in the face. Mr Shields also said Connell was egging on Hoban to hit him.

He said the pair were screaming at him, there were children in the hall and another neighbour told him to just walk away.

Mr Shields said he sat at the bus stop around the corner from his apartment for two hours before he decided to make a complaint to gardai. In his evidence, Hoban said he did not recall the incident, claiming he and Connell were probably in Blessington.

Connell denied she slapped Mr Shields.

Finding the pair guilty, the judge ordered them to have no contact with Mr Shields.

Mother-of-two Connell, who is pregnant with her third child, said she had no problem staying away from Mr Shields, as they have “never mixed” and lead “completely different” lifestyles.