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