Judge describes man (66) as ‘truculent’ neighbour

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A 66 years-old Sligo man has been described by a judge as falling in the category of a “difficult and truculent” neighbour.

At the local district court, Chris Kelly of Hazel Grove, Maugheraboy, denied a charge of threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour arising out of an incident with neighbours on May 14, 2015.

Pauric Fallon told the court that when he was passing by Kelly’s garden he (Kelly) asked him (witness) “what he was f—— looking at”.

He said something to the defendant about having some manners and the defendant then followed him up to his house and continued to abuse him and his wife.

He said Chris Kelly blamed the witness and his wife for “causing all the trouble on the street”.

Mr Fallon said this had been going on for a number of years and he had previously complained to the gardai and to the council about Chris Kelly.

“He said that we did not get on with our neighbours and something would happen”, Pauric Fallon said.

In reply to Tom MacSharry, solicitor for Kelly, he denied that he “antagonised” the defendant or that he “smirked at him”.

He said this had started when social welfare cheques for Chris Kelly had come to his (witness’s) house and he returned them to the social welfare office.

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