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noisy neighbours Shooting range owner struck man in row over noise from skip business, court hears

The victim said William Flynn (62) grabbed his shirt, pulled and they ended up on the ground.

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William Flynn

William Flynn

An owner of a shooting range who assaulted another man and knocked off his glasses was angry about the noise coming from a skip storage business beside his home.

William Flynn (62) had previously complained about the noise, which was interrupting his sleep, and had gone over to the victim to speak about it.

However, the victim said Flynn grabbed his shirt, pulled and grabbed at him and they ended up on the ground. In his evidence, Flynn claimed they squared up, and hit each other at the same time.

Judge Dermot Dempsey told Flynn to donate €300 to Men's Shed Balbriggan and struck out the charge.

The defendant, an owner of Courtlough Shooting Grounds near Balbriggan, and with an address at Courtlough, was found guilty of assault.

The victim told Swords District Court he owned a skip hire business and stored the empty skips at Courtlough, on land leased from Flynn's brother.

He was unloading skips at around 6.45am on April 25 last year when Flynn, who was already in the yard, started giving out about the noise.

He ignored the defendant, who shouted: "I want you out of here".

Flynn then grabbed his shirt, knocked off his glasses and started pulling and dragging him to the ground. The victim said he pushed Flynn away and told him to go home.

He said he suffered scrapes to his face, neck and chest. In cross-examination, the victim denied he followed Flynn as he walked away and the pair "squared" up to each other.

In his evidence, Flynn claimed he tried to speak to the victim about the noise, and started to walk away when he realised he was getting nowhere.

He claimed the victim followed him, they squared up to each other and hit each other.

He told the court: "I was first on the draw. There was no question I was going to be hit."

Judge Dempsey said this was a "sad situation" and Flynn went a step too far.

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