Five before court over alleged hit-and-run car park feud incident

At court yesterday were Patrick Lawrence, David Lawrence, Rebecca Lawrence, Daniel Lawrence and Joe Lawrence

Ken Foy

ARMED gardaí were involved in an arrest operation in which five members of an extended family were taken to court over an alleged feud-linked hit-and-run.

The charges relate to an alleged incident at Annaly Car Park in Longford town on April 30 last year when Kevin Stokes Sr, of Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, suffered serious injuries to his back and leg. Two other people were injured.

Five defendants appeared before Longford District Court yesterday, and the case was adjourned until September 22 for the production of a book of evidence.


Their case is expected to be transferred to Longford Circuit Court, which has greater sentencing powers, after the DPP directed that the four men and one woman face trial on indictment.

The five who made brief appearances at court yesterday were Patrick Lawrence (25), of Great Water Street, Longford; David Lawrence (25), of Blacklion Estate, Maynooth, Co Kildare; Daniel Lawrence (29), of Ardagh Lodge, Prospect Woods, Longford; Joe Lawrence (40), of Camlin Meadows, Farneyhoogan, Longford; and Rebecca Lawrence (27), of Great Water Street, Longford.

Evidence of arrest, charge and caution for each of the five was given by Detective Garda Sean Galvin, who told the court he had charged each defendant at Longford garda station yesterday morning after their arrests.

None of the accused made any reply when the charges were put to them.

Rebecca Lawrence faces a single charge of impeding the course of a prosecution by aiding and abetting an offender.

Separately, Patrick and Joe Lawrence were each charged with the same offences, which include three counts of dan- gerous driving causing serious in- jury, one simple count of dangerous driving and one charge of endangerment in that they intentionally or recklessly drove a motor vehicle at the three alleged victims in the case.

The pair were also charged with a breach of duties on the occurrence of an accident.

Daniel and David Lawrence were charged with violent disorder and producing an article in the course of a dispute.

Sergeant Mark Mahon told the court the State had no objection to the five defendants being granted bail, subject to a number of conditions.

This was granted by Judge John Brennan.

The five were ordered to observe a 10pm to 8am curfew, sign on daily at Longford garda station between 9am and 9pm and to provide a mobile phone number.

They must also be of good behaviour, have no con- tact either directly or indirectly with any potential witnesses in the case, reside at named locations and refrain from uploading any material to any form of social media.

Sgt Mahon said gardaí have particular concerns about mat- erial being uploaded.

Additionally, Patrick and Joe Lawrence were both ordered not to drive any vehicle until the conclusion of court proceedings.

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