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26 Jan 2022

Trial told worker hit on head with mallet as he worked on Offaly footpath

Trial told worker hit on head with mallet as he worked on Offaly footpath

Trial told worker hit on head with mallet as he worked on Offaly footpath

A MAN hit a co-worker on the head with a cobblelock mallet when they were working on a footpath in Edenderry, Tullamore Circuit Court has been told.

Christopher Doheny, Pike of Rushall, Co Laois, denies assaulting Alan Fisher at JKL Street, Edenderry on October 27 last year when both were working for a Mountmellick company, Dunne Brothers, which was contracted to repair a footpath on the street.

Mr Doheny also denies producing a brick mallet during a dispute with Mr Fisher.

In his evidence, Alan Fisher said he was working in Edenderry that day with his brother Darren and the accused, Christopher Doheny, was working in a separate area with his son Christopher Junior.

Alan Fisher said he had heard that “young Chris” was insulting the work carried out by himself and his son and because he took offence he confronted him.

When a scuffle broke out he punched Christopher Doheny Junior twice and then he remembered feeling a severe impact on the right side of his head which stunned him.

Mr Fisher said he had never been hit like that before and he had experience of martial arts.

“I was just in a daze for a good hour or two after that,” he said.

He was hospitalised and his cheekbone had to be reconstructed with steel plates and he still suffered from the injury.

When CCTV footage was played in court, Mr Fisher said he could see himself being hit by Christopher Doheny Senior with a hammer.

Cross-examined by Damien Colgan, SC, defending (instructed by Josephine Fitzpatrick, solicitor), Mr Fisher accepted that there had been “some argument” with the Dohenys six or seven weeks earlier and he had heard it was said that one of the Fishers was off his head on drugs.

He said his brother wasn't taking drugs at the time and while he had been a heroin addict previously, at the time of the offence he was trying to come off it.

Mr Fisher also said what happened six or seven weeks earlier was not the reason he had confronted Christopher Doheny Junior.

The trial began on Tuesday and is continuing today (Wednesday, December 15).

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