Longford pig farmer on trial for false imprisonment of man

Thursday 13 December 2012 13.23
Pig farmer on trial for false imprisonment

A Longford pig farmer told a man who came to his farm to repossess machinery that he would set a wild boar on him and prevented him from leaving, the Circuit Court has heard.

The trial of Donal and Margaret Connaughton of Elfeet, Newtowncashel heard that the man was also told to recite the 'Our Father' prayer.

Mr Connaughton faces eight charges, two of falsely imprisoning Patrick Mulvey and Justin Tighe or threatening to kill or seriously harm both individuals and of assault causing harm to both men.

Mrs Connaughton faces the same charges. Mr Connaughton faces two further charges of damaging property belonging to Patrick Mulvey.

Barrister for the prosecution Donal Keane outlined the incident on 29 Apri, 2010 at JAC Pigs Ltd - a pig farm enterprise owned by the accused.

Mr Keane said there had been an issue with the repayment of a loan for machinery and that the two named alleged victims had gone to the house to repossess machinery or the outstanding balance of €2,500.

Mr Mulvey and Mr Tighe arrived in a truck and spoke to Mr Connaughton who said they were trespassing and they had no warrants.

The men were subjected to verbal and physical abuse and they attempted to escape but were prevented from doing so by Mr Connaughton and another man.

It was alleged that Mr Connaughton said that he would set a wild boar on the men, the men were told to recite the "Our Father" and “prepare themselves” and they were told they would be stripped of their clothing.

The trial is expected to last six days.