A brother and sister who disputed the ownership of a tract of land at Carrickdexter near the Slane Castle estate in Co Meath used a tractor and chain to pull down a neighbour's fence, Trim District Court was told the week before last.

Gerard O'Brien (54) and his sister Suzanne O'Brien (48) of Carrickdexter first appeared in court in November 2017 charged with alleged criminal damage following an incident in 2016 in which steel fencing valued at €5,000 and owned by James Matthews was damaged.