Eight-month term for man who hit Pet­titt’s em­ployee

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

A MAN who lashed out with his fist at a fe­male mem­ber of staff work­ing in the Gorey branch of Pet­titt’s su­per­mar­ket was dealt a jail sen­tence at the Dis­trict Court in the town.

De­fen­dant Shane Goodall (39) was ‘out of his mind’ when he struck Les­ley Wil­son back in 2016, con­cluded Judge Ger­ard Haughton.

The ac­cused had ad­dresses at Clon­dalkin in Dublin and at 6 The Gap, Barn­dar­rig, Red­cross, County Wick­low but was liv­ing in County Wex­ford at the time, ac­cord­ing to his bar­ris­ter.

The in­ci­dent arose in the off-li­cence sec­tion of the shop after Goodall was re­minded that he had been barred from the premises and asked to leave.

He be­came con­fronta­tional and he struck out with closed fist, hit­ting Ms Wil­son first on the arm and then in the face, caus­ing her eye to swell up.

The court sit­ting in Gorey was told that the de­fen­dant had lit­tle rec­ol­lec­tion of the in­ci­dent, hav­ing suf­fered in the past from drink and drug ad­dic­tions.

Ms Wil­son was present for the hear­ing and she re­ceived a re­morse­ful let­ter of apol­ogy writ­ten by Goodall

Coun­sel Rian­nagh Mor­ris re­ported that her client was now 14 months sober after spend­ing time in re­hab.

A sum of €250 was brought to court by way of com­pen­sa­tion.

Judge Haughton had the ben­e­fit of a vic­tim im­pact state­ment to as­sist him in deal­ing with what he de­scribed as an as­sault which was both se­ri­ous and un­pro­voked.

The state­ment de­tailed how the in­jury in­flicted on Les­ley Wil­son was such that it could not be hid­den from the vic­tim’s chil­dren. One child was left so con­cerned that he could not sleep for a while as a re­sult.

The court also had to take ac­count of Goodall’s sig­nif­i­cant his­tory of vi­o­lence, which in­cluded pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for as­sault caus­ing harm.

A term of 12 months jail was mer­ited but a guilty plea and the will­ing­ness to tackle his ad­dic­tions brought the tar­iff down to eight months.

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