Man jailed four months for assault with weapon
A man whose victim needed staples to close a cut on his head after he hit him with a brass candle holder was sentenced recently to four months in jail.
Noel Joseph Carragher, 37, appeared before Chief Judge John Douglas in provincial court last week for sentencing after he was previously found guilty of assault with a weapon. He is appealing the guilty verdict.
Carragher was a resident in a rooming house, but its owner was evicting him because he was injecting drugs inside. He assaulted another boarding house resident, hitting him in the head with the candle stick holder.
Crown attorney Valerie Moore recommended a sentence of a minimum of six to eight months and said it wasn’t a low-end assault. The victim required two staples to close a cut after Carragher hit him in the head twice.
Moore detailed Carragher’s extensive criminal record, which included more than 80 convictions.
Of those, more than 30 were breaches of court orders and Moore said Carragher thinks the methadone he takes for his addictions keeps him from getting a job.
“It seems like blame is everywhere but himself,” she said.
Before hearing his sentence, Carragher addressed the court and said he was acting in self defence.
“I do take responsibility for all my actions,” he said.
Carragher went on to say he does think methadone keeps him from getting a job.
“You try and keep that stuff from your employer if you’re an addict.”
Douglas gave Carragher credit of two months for time served.