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Sentencing adjourned for Balla shooting

Sentencing adjourned for Balla shooting

The sentencing of a man who has pleaded guilty to shooting his cousin in Balla last year has been adjourned at Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court.
Vincent O’Donnell (47) of Knocknabrone, Mayo Abbey, Claremorris has pleaded guilty to assault causing serious harm to Dympna Walsh when he fired two shotgun blasts at her at the Costcutter Store in Balla on May 31, 2011.
The case was adjourned to June 20 next by Judge Thomas E O’Donnell at the request of Colm McCarthy, defending.
He said that there were a number of issues arising from his client’s medical report and an issue arising from the victim impact statement which needed to be discussed with the prosecution.
Counsel for the prosecution, Patrick Reynolds, confirmed there are a number of matters arising.
Judge O’Donnell remanded O’Donnell in custody and the court was informed that the case is expected to last ‘at least’ an hour and a half.
Ms Walsh suffered serious injuries as a result of the shooting. O’Donnell and the victim are cousins and grew up close to one another.