Businessman attacked farmer’s tractor with hammer in land dispute

first_imgA businessman attacked a farmer’s tractor with a hammer and told him he would get it in his head the next time.Derek Long appeared at Falcarragh District Court today charged with attacking neighbour Neil Boyle. The court heard that there was a long-running dispute between the pair over lands.On November 30th, 2016, Mr Boyle was in his Massey Ferguson tractor at Magherablade, Creeslough, when he was approached by Long.Long, who operates a second-hand furniture business, lunged at the tractor and managed to interfere with wiring in the engine.A short time later, Long attacked the rear of Mr Boyle’s tractor with a hammer.There was then a hissing sound from the tractor.The court heard that as he was running away, Long shouted at Mr Boyle “The next time it will be the back of your head.”Garda Inspector Sean Grant said the total amount of damage to the tractor was €110.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Donough Cleary said the issue arose out of a dispute over land boundaries which is scheduled to be heard at a civil court.He added that his client, who was charged with assault and causing criminal damage, was a man in his 50s who had no previous convictions.He said he had hired a digital land surveyor in a bid to determine the issues over land boundaries between the parties.Judge Paul Kelly said that both parties may well end up in a different court to settle their civil dispute.But he added “Even if he thought he was in the right he has no right to do what he did.”Mr Boyle said his tractor had been out of action for three or four days as a result of the incident.Judge Kelly ordered Long to pay a total of €200 compensation to his neighbour and said he would be disposed to striking the matter out if this was done.The Judge added “He’s getting off very lightly at that.”The case was adjourned to allow for payment.Businessman attacked farmer’s tractor with hammer in land dispute was last modified: February 24th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackCreesloughDerek LongdonegalFalcarraghfarmerNeil Boylelast_img read more

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