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