Brother attacked sister with hurley in row over family holiday

Court imposes suspended sentence after hearing family had made up and are now looking forward to the holiday


A Dublin man who attacked his sister with a hurley over a fight about a family holiday has received a one year suspended sentence.

Jason Burke (34) showed up at his two sisters’ house after the row, hit one of the women on the shoulder with the hurley and pulled the other woman around the sitting room by the hair.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard both women were traumatised when gardaí­ arrived on the scene, but that the family have since made up and are looking forward to the holiday.

Burke, of Brookview Avenue, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty to assault causing harm and criminal damage at the Fettercairn premises on April 26th, 2016.

His previous convictions include assaults and public order offences.

Garda Stephen Gillespie told Maurice Coffey , prosecuting, that Burke’s sisters noticed he had been under the influence when he showed up to the house.

He forced his way into the premises, smashed a glass table and a mobile phone and threatened both women. The court heard one sister was able to call gardaí­ using a second phone.

Garda Gillespie told Mr Coffey that the family are talking again and have since booked the holiday.

He agreed with Marc Thompson, defending, that Burke was fully remorseful and was dealing with his alcohol problem.

Mr Thompson submitted to Judge Martin Nolan that his client had been unfit for interview following his arrest.

Judge Nolan accepted that Burke had been drunk at the time. He suspended the sentence for one year.