‘This is nasty stuff, the man could be dead’ judge on sock as­sault case

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS -

A MAN who at­tacked an­other man with a sock full of stones in a North Kerry bar last year could have killed his vic­tim, Dis­trict Court judge James O’Con­nor re­marked at Lis­towel on Thursday.

Ai­dan Canty, 30 Tower Drive, Bal­ly­duff, pleaded guilty to a charge of as­sault caus­ing harm to John McCarthy from the in­ci­dent that oc­curred on the eve of Valen­tine’s Day last year at Walsh’s Bar in Bal­ly­duff.

Gar­daí in­formed the court that, fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion be­tween both men on the night, Mr Canty left the bar and came back in with a sock full of stones with which he pro­ceeded to re­peat­edly strike the in­jured party on the head.

The Judge’s re­marks were made dur­ing pro­tracted dis­cus­sion with de­fence solic­i­tor Pádraig O’Con­nell on the ap­pro­pri­ate level of com­pen­sa­tion for Mr Canty’s vic­tim - after the Judge ex­am­ined pho­tos of Mr McCarthy’s in­juries and ex­am­ined a med­i­cal re­port.

The court heard that Mr Canty’s wife and daugh­ter cur­rently re­side in the US and that he would be ef­fec­tively sep­a­rated from them if con­victed of the of­fence.

Mr O’Con­nell ex­plained that the at­tack hap­pened against the back­ground of a long-run­ning en­m­nity be­tween both men and pointed out that no last­ing in­juries were caused to Mr McCarthy.

Judge O’Con­nor said that Mr Canty would have to pay €5,000 in com­pen­sa­tion given the se­ri­ous­ness of the at­tack. “He’s lucky it isn’t a much more se­ri­ous charge...this is nasty stuff. The man could be dead,” he said ad­journ­ing the case for pay­ment un­til March 1, 2018.

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