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Healy-Rae brothers given suspended jail sentences

Kevin Healy-Rae (left) and Jackie Healy-Rae. Picture by RTÉ

TWO sons of Independent Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae have been given suspended jail sentences for assaulting a man.

Independent councillor Jackie Healy-Rae and his brother Kevin received sentences of eight months and seven months respectively.

They had earlier been convicted of assaulting a man in Kenmare, Co Kerry over Christmas in 2017.

A third man, Malachy Scannell, of Inchinacoosh, Kilgarvan, was also convicted of assaulting an English visitor to Kenmare during which he was punched in the face half a dozen times.

Mr Scannell was given two sentences of six months in jail, which were also suspended.

Judge David Waters said all three would have been sent to jail were it not for the fact they had no previous convictions.

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