Community service for ‘savage attack’

A DEFENDANT who admitted his involvement in a ‘savage attack’ on a man at a house in Friary Street was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service in lieu of ten months in prison.

A DEFENDANT who admitted his involvement in a ‘savage attack’ on a man at a house in Friary Street was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service in lieu of ten months in prison.

Patrick Donovan, Woodsgift, Freshford admitted assault causing harm at Friary Street on July 20, 2006. Detective Garda Mark Wall outlined to the court that the injured party and a number of people returned to Friary Street for a party. A number of other people arrived at the address and sought entry and the gardai were called to remove some of the people. They were removed and returned a short time later and were let in. The defendant was one of the people originally put out. Another man went into a bedroom where the injured party was trying to sleep and a row broke out. The defendant was one of a number of people who took part in the assault where the injured party was violently set upon with sticks, bottles and saucepans. The defendant admitted punching the injured party. The court heard that the injured party fell asleep in a bedroom and woke up to find a guy hitting him and six or seven guys around him. “They were boxing me and I was hit by a bottle in the head. I fell onto the mattress and they were hitting and kicking me for three or four minutes and then the gardai came,” he said in a statement to gardai.

A report from the Accident and Emergency Department stated that the injured party attended the emergency department with a deep would on the left side of his forehead and bruising to his eyes and nose and a fractured cheekbone. A probation report was handed into the court which indicated that he had a troubled upbringing. The report also stated that Donovan was ‘not the main protagonist’ and was the youngest of the party involved. Evidence was given that a co-accused initiated the assault and the others joined in.

The defendant, who is on social welfare left school at 17 and has learning difficulties. He is one of seven children and his sister was murdered when he was eight. The court also had difficulties with drink and drugs and ‘is trying to come to terms with that’.

Judge Tom Teehan described that incident as ‘a savage attack’. “It occurred in a house that did not belong to the defendant. It had been indicated to him that he was not welcome and nevertheless he came back and savagely attacked this man. The probation report states that he is at a moderate risk of re offending and that since this crime he went on to commit seven other offences,” he said.

Judge Teehan ordered him to carry out 200 hours of community service in lieu of ten months in prison.