Guilty: William McGeehanA FARMER involved in an ‘appalling’ attack on his own brother which left another man in hospital has been given a suspended jail sentence – and banned from speaking to his brother until November 2016.William McGeehan set upon his own brother John and John’s friend Connie Gallagher in a vicious attack, hitting both of them so hard with a plank of wood they both needed hospital treatment. Mr Gallagher received a 12cm gash to his head when a nail in the wood cut him, leaving him in hospital for four days – and with a scar for life.Garda Enda Glennon told Judge John O’Hagan at Letterkenny Circuit Criminal Court that the row was part of a family dispute over land.A civil case had settled who had owned what in Newmills, a settlement over which Judge O’Hagan had presided.But William McGeehan had continued a feud; and had been convicted earlier this year in the District Court of spitting on two young boys – his own nephews – as part of that.This week’s case was over an incident in May 2011.William McGeehan had claimed John had accused him of sheep stealing, a claim John had denied.William had followed John and Mr Gallagher, jumped over a gate and attacked them.When he was questioned he claimed Mr Gallagher had received his horrendous injuries because had slipped and fallen.William later admitted two counts of assault and pleaded guilty in court.However John told Judge O’Hagan the harassment was continuing on a daily basis.“He’s always about,” said John McGeehan, claiming William was continuing to harass family, friends and neighbours calling to his farm.Mr Gallagher showed the judge his scar.“It’s horrendous,” said the judge.“A cracked skull because of a row over a sheep. This could have been a lot worse; what if this attack had been fatal? Where would we be then?“Mr Gallagher is lucky to be alive.”William McGeehan apologised to his brother and Mr Gallagher in court.But the judge said it was clear William McGeehan was still pestering his brother and his family and friends.He said he would not use two possible sentences available to him – jail or community service because William McGeehan would serve either sentence and he would be back harassing his own brother.So he said he was imposing a three year jail term and he would suspend it for three years.He ordered William McGeehan to sign a peace bond for the next three years in which he was told not to talk to, watch, beset or interfere with John McGeehan, his family, his friends or anyone visiting John McGeehan.FAMILY FEUD: JUDGE BANS FARMER FROM SPEAKING TO HIS BROTHER FOR NEXT 3 YEARS was last modified: November 8th, 2013 by John2Share 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:assaultcourt casejohn mcgeehanNEWMILLSwilliam mcgeehan
SOELDEN, Austria — World Cup champion Bode Miller said Thursday that he will race in the Turin Olympics this winter, and also took another opportunity to campaign publicly for legalized doping in sports. The first U.S. man in 22 years to win the overall title, Miller said last season that he was considering retiring and skipping the Olympics because of time-consuming sponsorship obligations, annoying media duties and overwhelming fan attention. “I’m going to race as of now and I’ve made some progress in that area as far as deciding why and how I’m going to try and make it a positive thing for myself and everyone else,” Miller said at a media gathering on the eve of the men’s and women’s World Cup opening giant slalom races on the Rettenbach glacier. “I came out of the season really feeling pretty negative about the whole situation and the way I knew I’d be lumped in with other athletes. In the U.S., they have a really result-oriented, ‘Get as many golds as you can’ and ‘We have to get more golds that any other country’ (philosophy). It’s a really unhealthy attitude toward the Olympics and sport in general. It was really irritating for me to know I would be at the forefront of that whole advertising plan in the U.S. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It was too much of a false representation and too much of a strain on my belief about sport and about the Olympics.” But a contract with footwear and apparel giant Nike changed his attitude. “We’ll be doing some pretty cool and unique positive commercials,” he said. “That was a big step because I needed a forum besides (the media) where I could feel I was making contact with the public and at least getting my ideas out there that although gold medals are great, the Olympics and the Olympic message are still as clear as ever. It’s about the struggle being the most important thing, as opposed to the triumph at the end or the gold.” Miller also reiterated his belief that doping should be allowed in sports — or that the tolerated levels for banned substances should be raised — saying current anti-doping policies do nothing to protect the health of athletes and does not level the playing field. “I feel it’s super hypocritical for a drug to be legal for you to buy, but not for an athlete to buy,” said Miller, a favorite for Sunday’s giant slalom. “Used in a way directed by a doctor or directed by the research that’s out there, even some drugs like EPO could potentially balance the risk of long term health problems against the potential gains for not injuring yourself. “When I look at all these professional athletes when they are 50 or 45 years old, they have knees that don’t work at all, shoulders that don’t work, back problems, and I think that that’s a much more common occurrence than a guy who is 40 or 50 who has serious problems because of some steroid he was taking when he was 20.” The International Ski Federation said supports the fight against doping. “For us it’s very clear,” FIS general secretary Sarah Lewis said. “Our rules are established by experts whose main goal is to protect the health of athletes. They also make sure everyone respects the principle of fair play and the ethics of the sport. FIS supports the fight against doping 100 percent. “Miller is making more and more declarations on different topics. We aren’t going to react with any great force. Our rules are clear.” Miller said he has never used performance-enhancing drugs. “I don’t even use any creatine or vitamins or supplements or anything,” he said. “The point is that I don’t think it’s a really big deal. I think people should be able to do what they want to do.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!