Man who as­saulted lo­cal busi­ness­man must pay €6,000

DISTRICT COURT WAS TOLD DE­FEN­DANT’S FA­THER HAD RE­CENTLY BEEN LAID OFF BY VIC­TIM BE­FORE LATE-NIGHT AT­TACK TOOK PLACE

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

AN EN­NIS­COR­THY busi­ness­man who suf­fered a se­ri­ous as­sault had re­cently laid off his at­tacker’s fa­ther, a case be­fore the District Court last week heard.

John O’Con­nor (23) of 52 Gi­mont Av­enue, En­nis­cor­thy, pleaded guilty to a charge of as­sault caus­ing harm to Padraig Dono­hoe in the car park of the old Leg­ends Nite­club in Tem­ple­shan­non on July 15 of last year.

The court heard that the in­ci­dent took place at around 2.30a.m. Sgt Vic­tor Is­dell said that Mr Dono­hoe owns prop­erty in the area and was car­ry­ing out an in­spec­tion when he was ap­proached from behind and struck to the head. The de­fen­dant then ran from the scene, but was later ar­rested and ad­mit­ted the at­tack.

The court heard that Mr Dono­hoe lost con­scious­ness as a re­sult of the at­tack and he re­ceived a black eye, cuts and grazes to his face and bruis­ing around his el­bow. A vic­tim im­pact state­ment from Mr Dono­hoe was handed into Judge John Chea­tle, but was not read aloud.

Sgt Is­dell said that while it was a ‘seem­ingly un­pro­voked at­tack’, he said that O’Con­nor’s fa­ther used to work for Mr Dono­hoe and had re­cently been let go and that per­haps this had some kind of bear­ing on the sit­u­a­tion.

A bar­ris­ter speak­ing on be­half of O’Con­nor said that this in­deed was the case and that his client’s fam­ily were go­ing through a dif­fi­cult time as a re­sult. He did say, how­ever, that O’Con­nor com­pletely ac­cepts that he took the in­cor­rect steps on the night in ques­tion and was not of­fer­ing any ex­cuse.

The court was then told that O’Con­nor had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and that he was very in­volved in the lo­cal com­mu­nity, coach­ing lo­cal un­der 12 and un­der 14 teams in GAA and soc­cer.

His bar­ris­ter said that O’Con­nor was an ap­pren­tice elec­tri­cian and har­boured hopes of trav­el­ling abroad to work. He also said that he had €700 with him in court which he’d be will­ing to pay over by means of com­pen­sa­tion.

Judge Chea­tle, how­ever, said that this amount would not cut it. ‘ This was a se­ri­ous as­sault with a sub­stan­tial risk of death,’ he said. ‘I know that was far from the de­fen­dant’s in­ten­tion, but this is a se­ri­ous mat­ter.’

Judge Chea­tle then said that a fig­ure of €6,000 in com­pen­sa­tion would be more ap­pro­pri­ate and asked if O’Con­nor was agree­able. His bar­ris­ter said that he was, but he would need a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time to gather that amount of money. Judge Chea­tle said he un­der­stood this and the case was put back un­til De­cem­ber 5 to see what pay­ments could be made.

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